(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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org