(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/9/15) â€“ The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today called on public officials to repudiate growing Islamophobia following reports that the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is recruiting in that state to â€œfight the spread of Islam in our country.â€
CAIR-Alabama says KKK recruiting fliers have reportedly been distributed in Cullman and Decatur. The circumstances of the alleged distribution are not known.
Other KKK fliers, without a reference to Islam, were reportedly distributed in the same area in September.
â€œOur stateâ€™s leaders must speak out against the rising anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide that is apparently inspiring a new recruiting effort by racists,â€ said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed. â€œThe KKK must be repudiated, whether it targets African-Americans, Muslims or any other minority group with hatred and intimidation.â€
Hadeed noted that in November, CAIR joined widespread condemnation of an apparent act of racist intimidation in Vermont in which Ku Klux Klan (KKK) fliers were left at the homes of at least two Burlington, Vt., residents, including that of a Black Lives Matter activist.
She cited a recent spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino killings and Donald Trumpâ€™s call to bar Muslims from the United States.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 334-224-2196, kHadeed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, email@example.com