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CAIR Asks GOP to Disinvite Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders from DC Events

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/6/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Republican Party leaders to urge that notorious Dutch Islamophobe and far-right politician Geert Wilders be disinvited from two speaking events in Washington, D.C., hosted by GOP lawmakers.

On his personal blog, Wilders says he has been invited to speak at two events, one on April 29 at a reception hosted by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and another that same day at the invitation of Rep. Steve King (R-IA).

Wilders, who is notorious for his rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims says he will “warn my American colleagues of the dangers of Islamization.”

In the past, Wilders has stated “I hate Islam,” called the Quran a “fascist book” that should be banned, referred to the Prophet Mohammed as “the devil,” and proposed putting a tax on Islamic head scarves (hijab) worn by Muslim women.

“No American political party should act as host for an individual who holds such extremist and bigoted views,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “Geert Wilders' inflammatory, inaccurate and divisive rhetoric only serves to poison our society and his appearance at the invitation of GOP lawmakers sends a very negative message to the international community.”

McCaw noted that this request to the GOP is only the latest in a long list of concerns CAIR and American Muslims have expressed over the party's promotion of Islamophobia.

Last week, CAIR called on Republican Party leaders to repudiate an Islamophobic newsletter distributed by a GOP county committee in Idaho.

He said American Muslims have repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic positions and actions by GOP leaders at the state and national levels.

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In January, CAIR issued an open letter to potential Republican presidential candidates urging them to reject Islamophobia and to reach out to American Muslim voters.

CAIR's appeal came in the wake of a controversy over remarks by presidential hopeful Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana who was criticized for promoting the false claim that there are Muslim “no-go zones” in European cities.

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 Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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