CA JEWISH GROUP URGED TO INVITE MUSLIM TO BALANCE ISLAMOPHOBE
(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/22/07) – The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Muslim Public Affairs Council today urged a Los Angeles-area Jewish group that is hosting an Islamophobic speaker to invite a Muslim representative who can offer a balancing perspective on Islam.
The Muslim groups have learned that Dennis Prager, a radio talk show host who opposed the first Muslim congressman’s right to swear a ceremonial oath on the Quran, has been invited to speak January 24th at the North County Chabad Center in Yorba Linda, Calif. Prager will speak about the Islamic world’s “confrontation with the West.”
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Prager was asked to resign from the United States Holocaust Memorial Council after he wrote that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, should be prevented from taking his oath of office using the Quran, Islam’s revealed text. He also wrote that swearing an oath on the Quran “undermines American civilization.”
The Holocaust Memorial Council recently issued a statement saying Prager’s views are “antithetical” to its mission.
Two members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Rep. Henry Waxman and former New York Mayor Ed Koch, spoke out against Prager’s intolerant remarks. Koch called Prager a “bigot.” Groups such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee have also condemned Prager’s remarks.
Prager’s comments prompted Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) to decry the growth of the American Muslim community and express concern that “many more Muslims” may be elected to public office.
“By not offering a balancing viewpoint to a speaker who seeks the marginalization of American Muslims, the North County Chabad Center would be making an implicit endorsement of that speaker’s extremist and intolerant views,” said Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Shura Council.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847, 714-851-4851 or E-Mail: email@example.com; Edina Lekovic, Communications Director of MPAC at 213-383-3443; or Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of Shura Council, at 310- 384-7791.