(DALLAS, TX, 12/3/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on the Tarrant County Republican Party to cancel a December 29 event featuring John Guandolo, a disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist who has peddled conspiracy theories about Islam and Muslims.
Tarrant County GOP officials plan to hold a six-hour training by Guandolo in a secret location on December 29, titled, “School: Islam and Sharia vs. the U.S. Constitution.”
Emails from Republican precinct chair Dale Attebery make alarmist statements about the impetus for holding the event including that “Europe is presently falling to Islam” and “We are losing Tarrant County [to Muslims], just like Dearborn, MI was lost.”
Guandolo recently stated that the US Justice Department should have prevented two Muslim women from being elected to Congress and has also claimed that former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim.
“Given Guandolo’s history of anti-Muslim bigotry, this training will inevitably incite hatred of Islam and Muslims,” said acting CAIR-DFW Executive Director Ekram Haque. “We urge the Tarrant County Republican Party to cancel the event and call on Texas GOP leaders to repudiate this merchant of hate and his bigoted message.”
Backgrounder on John Guandolo:
Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:
- S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
- the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by "enemies of the United States,"
- when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of "civilizational jihad,"
- former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
- Muslims are "obligated" to lie,
Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America.
Earlier this year, CAIR welcomed a decision by Tennessee's Trevecca Nazarene University to cancel an anti-Muslim event that would have featured three Islamophobic speakers, including Guandolo.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Tennessee University's Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim 'Summit'
CAIR similarly welcomed a decision by Virginia's Amherst County Sheriff's Office to drop an event featuring Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Chris Gaubatz. Gaubatz is an employee of Guandolo's anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Sheriff's Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim Event
Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by 'Enemies' of U.S.
The FBI is currently investigating an image tweeted by Guandolo's hate group that purported to show the bombing of "CAIR HQ" in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that "CAIR needs to be obliterated," re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Earlier this month, Guandolo tweeted that "Islam is evil & barbaric."
SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Tweet by Anti-Muslim Group Showing Bombing of 'CAIR HQ'
Minnesota's Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev.
SEE: Video Shows Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo's Alleged Assault on Minnesota Sheriff
Exclusive - Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Guandolo Assaults Minn. Sheriff at NSA Conference, Per Court Documents
John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)
Anti-Muslim Speaker Now Accused of Assaulting a Sheriff
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861, firstname.lastname@example.org