(Washington, DC – October 17, 2009) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is shocked that four Republican Congressmen found it fit to make serious allegations against a Muslim advocacy group by borrowing passages from a book authored by two well known Islamophobes, and that some of them went out of their way to promote an anti-Muslim book during a national news conference.
US Representatives Trent Franks (AZ), Sue Myrick (NC), John Shadegg (AZ), and Paul Broun (GA) accused on Wednesday the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) of planting “spies” on Capitol Hill and called on federal officials to investigate the organization.
While we believe it is the obligation of every American and every Congressman to ensure that national security is not harmed, this must be done without tarnishing the reputation of law abiding fellow Americans or smearing an entire religious community.
We are particularly troubled that the four Congressmen took their clues from a book by two well known anti-Muslim writers, Dave Gaubatz and Paul Sperry. Sperry authored in 2005 an alarmist book that accused Muslim Americans of infiltrating Washington, and attacked Islam as a violent religion. Similarly, Gaubatz has in the past targeted Islam and Muslims, called Islam an “evil ideology,” and worked for a racist group that sought to make “adherence to Islam” punishable by a 20-year prison term. (More)