Pat Robertson to receive $500,000 White House initiative grant
CAIR today said televangelist Pat Robertson is unworthy to receive one of the first “faith-based” government grants because of his attacks on the faith of Islam and its Prophet Muhammad and asked that the decision to give his group a grant be reconsidered.
Operation Blessing International, a charity created by Robertson, is scheduled to receive $500,000 in the first wave of grants to be distributed under President Bush’s faith-based initiative, a program that Robertson himself denounced earlier this year. The Operation Blessing grant is one of 25 to be announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
In a recent appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” program, Robertson smeared both Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. About Muhammad, Robertson said: “This man was an absolute wild-eyed fanatic. He was a robber and a brigand. And to say that these terrorists distort Islam, they're carrying out Islam…I mean, this man [Muhammad] was a killer. And to think that this is a peaceful religion is fraudulent.” Robertson also called Islam “a monumental scam” and claimed the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, “is strictly a theft of Jewish theology.”
Robertson has in the past repeatedly defamed Islam and Muslims on his Christian Broadcasting Network “700 Club” program. He called Islam the “religion of the slavers” and said Americans who converted to Islam exhibited “insanity.”
“Anyone who exhibits such bigoted, hate-filled views is unworthy to receive tax-payer dollars. Mr. Robertson should be repudiated, not rewarded, for his Islamophobic hate speech. The White House initiative must not finance those who would defame Islam and divide our nation,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad added that it is hypocritical for Robertson to condemn the faith-based initiative on one hand, and then apply for and accept a grant from that same program.
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
1) Contact HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and the White House to ask that the decision to offer Robertson’s group a grant be reconsidered.
Sec. Tommy G. Thompson
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
2) Help counter the attacks on Prophet Muhammad and Islam by taking part in CAIR’s Library Project. Muslim individuals and groups to are urged to sponsor 18-item “library packages” of books, videos and audio cassettes about Islam and Muslims, which will then be distributed to as many as 16,000 public libraries nationwide. (One of the books in the package is a biography of the Prophet.) Some 445 library packages have already been sponsored.
GO TO: http://www.libraryproject.org OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 20