(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/21/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, is calling on Republican presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker (WI) to apologize for his claim that there are only a “handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam.” Walker made that false claim while campaigning in New Hampshire.
â€œThese types of inaccurate statements reflect a lack of understanding of Islam and Muslims that is, frankly, not presidential,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. â€œIf Mr. Walker believes only a â€˜handfulâ€™ of Muslims are moderate or reasonable, then he is ignoring the very clear reality that violent extremists murder more Muslims than they do people of any other faith.â€
CAIR recently called on Walker to drop a foreign policy adviser who once recommended using nuclear weapons on a number of Muslim-majority nations and for the deportation of undocumented immigrants â€œof Middle Eastern descent.â€ Walker later publicly distanced his campaign from that adviser.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is monitoring Islamophobic comments made in the presidential election campaign.
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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