(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/16/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Florida-based SCCY Firearms to explain a promotional button issued by that company claiming its handguns are “Real Muslim Stoppers.”
CAIR said the button in question was sent to its Washington, D.C., headquarters by a concerned citizen.
“On its face, this button would seem to promote violence targeting American Muslims, since the manufacturer produces civilian weapons,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor.
The company has not yet replied to CAIR’s concerns.
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil rights 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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305-502-6749; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org