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GOOD NEWS UPDATE: CAIR Welcomes Cancellation of Maryland Event with ‘Muslim Ban’ Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/15/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the cancellation of an appearance by anti-Islam conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney tomorrow in Maryland. 

Gaffney, whose conspiracy theories have reportedly been used as the ideological basis for President Trump’s recent “Muslim ban,” had been invited to speak at the Kenwood Golf & Country Club on Thursday, February 16th by the Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women.

CAIR and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition announced a protest against Gaffney’s appearance.

Within hours after announcing that it was co-sponsoring the protest, CAIR learned directly from a club representative that the event was canceled. 

Protest Facebook Page: Protest Islamophobe Frank Gaffney in Bethesda, MD

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified Gaffney as an anti-Muslim extremist and his Center for Security Policy (CSP) as a hate group. According to the SPLC, CSP is “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”

SEE: SPLC Designated Hate Groups: Center for Security Policy

SPLC: Frank Gaffney

Backgrounder on Frank Gaffney:

Gaffney is a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who has claimed that “most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be, as a matter of fact, hostile to the United States and its Constitution.”

He is a key promoter of the bizarre conspiracy theory that Muslims in public service are infiltrating the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gaffney has questioned “whether Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States,” claimed the Missile Defense Agency logo is part of a “worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam,” claimed an aide to Hillary Clinton was a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative, was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Tennessee mosque, promoted the debunked claim that Dearborn, Mich., is a “ghetto enclave in which it’s Muslim-only,” and hosted “white supremacist” Jared Taylor on his “Secure Freedom” radio program.

He has in the past:

• Claimed Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was submitting to Islamic law when he condemned the burning of a Quran by a Florida pastor.

• Objected to Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) serving on the House Intelligence Committee because they are Muslim.

• Accused Pope Francis of having “rabidly anti-American” views after the pope said it is “not Christian” to urge the deportation of undocumented immigrants and to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

SEE: The Anti-Muslim Extremists Steve Bannon Thinks Are Experts on Islam

Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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