(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the withdrawal of major sponsors from an April event in Pittsburgh, Penn., featuring Islamophobic Fox News host Jeanine Pirro as a speaker and awardee.
CAIR previously called on St. Barnabas Health System to drop Pirro as a speaker at the St. Barnabas Charities event.
ACTION ALERT: Contact St. Barnabas Health System to Ask That Jeanine Pirro Be Dropped as an Awardee and Speaker at the “Founder’s Day” Celebration
Pirro is to be honored with an award at the health care provider’s “Founder’s Day” celebration on April 25 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North. Three major sponsors have withdrawn their support of the event.
SEE: Sponsors Pull Out of St. Barnabas Event Following Islamic Comments From Judge Jeanine Pirro
“We welcome the decision by these sponsors to withdraw their support of an event honoring one of the nation’s leading purveyors of Islamophobia,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We hope other sponsors will follow their principled example.”
Hooper noted that Pirro has a long history of anti-Muslim bigotry.
SEE: Jeanine Pirro’s History of Anti-Muslim Attacks
He said CAIR is calling on all advertisers to withdraw their ads from Fox News after that network apparently pulled the "Justice With Judge Jeanine" program following the host’s rhetorical attack on a Muslim congresswoman.
The Washington-based civil rights organization is asking Fox News to cancel its shows with Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson because of their long history of promoting Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry.
Updated CAIR Alert: Email Fox News, Advertisers Directly About Islamophobic Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org