Muslim civil rights group calls on members of Congress to reject Â ACT for Americaâ€™s Islamophobic agenda
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/2/16) Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on members of Congress to reject the Islamophobic agenda of the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America, which will hold a â€œlegislative briefingâ€ on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., during its national conference next week.
Featured speakers at the hate groupâ€™s annual event include Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (U.S. Army, Retired), a top adviser to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Flynn, who spoke at the Republican national convention and was considered as a Trump vice presidential pick, has claimed that Islam is a â€œcancerâ€ and not a real religion.
In a letter sent to members of Congress and their staff outlining the hate groupâ€™s history of anti-Muslim bigotry, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw wrote in part:
â€œAs a member of the United States Congress, ACT seeks to use your office to provide itself with a legitimizing platform for Islamophobia in our nationâ€™s capital and further promote its hateful agenda to discriminate against the American Muslim community.
â€œSupporting ACTâ€™s anti-Muslim policy agenda also threatens the very safety and security of the American Muslim community and those perceived to be Muslim.â€
ACT for America leader Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym “Brigitte Gabriel,” says an American Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen” and that Islam is the “real enemy.” She once told theÂ Australian Jewish News: “Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim.” Tudor also claimed that “Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct word. . .it's the vehicle for Islam. . .Islam is the problem.”
The New York Times describes her as a “radical Islamophobe” who in the past has made statements like “Arabs have no soul” and “Arabs are barbarians.”
When asked whether Americans should “resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” Tudor said, “Absolutely.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor:Â Brigitte Gabriel (ACT! for America)
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor:Â ACT! For America
According to an expose of the group by the Tennessean newspaper, â€œACT members see themselves as warriors in a clash between Western civilization and Islam.â€
The Southern Poverty law Center (SPLC) has named “Brigitte Gabriel” as a member of the nation's “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”
SPLC: Anti-Muslim Inner Circle
SPLC Extremist Fil: ACT! for America
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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