(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 2/4/2016)â€”The Alabama Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today called for a meeting between Governor Bentley and representatives of that stateâ€™s Muslim community to discuss the governorâ€™s remarks in his recent State of the State address describing refugees from Syria escaping violence and suffering as “radical Islamists” from a “terrorist nation.”
In a statement, CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed said:
â€œGovernor Bentley's labeling of an entire Muslim-majority nation as â€˜terroristâ€™ effectively equates Islam with terror and promotes prejudice. The use of inflammatory language that marginalizes an entire community reduces one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent human history to the status of a political football. We find such terminology insensitive and inappropriate.
â€œAlabama has a large Muslim population, including a thriving Syrian-American community making substantial contributions to improving the lives of the people of our state. Using stereotypical terms that paint a diverse multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial Muslim community with such a broad brush is derogatory and dehumanizing.â€
CAIR-Alabama is calling on Governor Bentley to meet with community leaders to review his understanding of the Syrian refugee crisis and to address the concerns of Muslim community.
CAIR is Americaâ€™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, email@example.com