(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/18/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on the Ector County Republican Women’s Group (ECRW) and the Odessa Country Club to rescind a September 19 invitation to disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist John Guandolo.
On September 13, the Ector County Republican Women’s Group announced that Guandolo will address the group on September 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Odessa Country Club in Odessa, Texas.
“Our political parties should not provide a legitimizing platform for an individual who spreads hatred targeting an American religious minority,” said John Janney, executive director of CAIR-DFW. “By inviting and hosting Guandolo, the GOP and the country club send the message that Muslims are not welcome in Ector County.”
He noted that the CAIR-DFW recently called on Texas Republican leaders to repudiate calls to remove a party leader because he is a “practicing Muslim.”
SEE: CAIR-DFW Calls on Texas GOP to Repudiate Call to Remove Party Leader Because He is a ‘Practicing Muslim’
In May, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement stopped approving educational credit for officers taking anti-Muslim “training” with Guandolo.
Guandolo is an infamous Islamophobe who claims a former CIA director was a "secret Muslim" and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-Eleven workers seek to take over America.
He recently stated that if he was "anointed king," he would execute those, including Democratic and Republican leaders who he claims are "advancing a radical Marxist Islamic agenda in the United States."
A number of similar events featuring Guandolo in the Midwest had to be cancelled after facing local opposition to his Islamophobic and conspiratorial views.
BACKGROUNDER ON JOHN GUANDOLO:
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.
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.
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."
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.
Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:
- U.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-Eleven workers seek to take over America,
- it is "unprofessional" for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).
CAIR has in the past said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, "Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets."
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
CAIR's profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America "is at war with Islam" and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are "preparing for combat." Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House "have been co-opted by the bad guys."
Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because "people who are still sane" are "having to make very difficult decisions."
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat
In 2016, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college's decision came following a request by CAIR's Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.
In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.
Virginia's Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas' Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo's trainings.
Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition, he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.
Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: "Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue."
North Texas Muslim community members experiencing anti-Muslim bias can submit an incident report on the CAIR-DFW website: https://cairdfw.org/incident-report/
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney, 469-998-2243, firstname.lastname@example.org