(LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI, 9/26/06) – The Michigan chapter of Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-MI) today called for a meeting with Congressman Thaddeus McCotter
(R-MI) over his use of “polarizing language” on the House floor yesterday.

SEE: http://mccotter.house.gov/
On Wednesday, McCotter used the term “jihadist-fascist” in reference to the violent situation in Iraq saying, “The crushing weight of putting Iraq back into the terrorist and the jihadist-fascist camp will have enormous ramifications. . .”

“Representative McCotter should use his time on the House floor to foster dialogue and mutual understanding, not to introduce hot-button terms that will further damage our nation’s image in the Islamic world,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

Walid said President Bush has stopped using the term “Islamic fascist” after Muslims in America and around the world expressed concerns that it was ill-defined and counterproductive in winning hearts and minds in the war on terror.

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-569-2203, Email: director@cairmichigan.org


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