Retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin says â€˜[Islam] should not be protected under the First Amendment,â€™ there should be â€˜no mosques in Americaâ€™
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/17/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to drop designated hate group leader Frank Gaffney Jr., retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin and other Islamophobes as a foreign policy advisers.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
â€œWho a candidate picks for his or her advisers says volumes about that candidateâ€™s worldview. By choosing infamous Islamophobes as foreign policy advisers, Senator Cruz indicates that he subscribes to their conspiratorial worldview and to the anti-Muslim bigotry that would inevitably shape their policy recommendations. We ask Senator Cruz to drop any adviser who has a past history of promoting conspiracy theories or religious bigotry.â€
MSNBCâ€™s Chris Matthews has referred to Gaffney as â€œone of the countryâ€™s leading anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists.â€
Gaffneyâ€™s organization, theÂ Center for Security PolicyÂ (CSP), has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Cruzâ€™s list of foreign policy advisers reportedly also includes two people who work for Gaffney's organization – Fred Fleitz and Clare Lopez.
CAIR details Gaffneyâ€™s and the Center for Security Policyâ€™s role in Americaâ€™s Islamophobia network in its report, â€œLegislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States,â€ and on its website, Islamophobia.org.
Gaffney is a key promoter of the bizarre conspiracy theory that Muslims in public service are infiltrating the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.
He has questioned â€œwhether Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States,â€ claimed the Missile Defense Agency logo is part of a â€œworrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam,â€ claimed an aide to Hillary Clinton was a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative, was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Tennessee mosque, promoted the debunked claim that Dearborn, Mich., is a â€œghetto enclave in which itâ€™s Muslim-only,â€ and hosted â€œwhite supremacistâ€ Jared Taylor on his â€œSecure Freedomâ€ radio program.
Gaffneyâ€™s staff attorney, David Yerushalmi, has advocated outlawing the practice of Islam in America and is the key promoter of anti-Islam bills in state legislatures nationwide, including one being voted on today by the Idaho legislature.
When leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, he quoted from a sham survey commissioned by Gaffneyâ€™s organization.
Also on Cruzâ€™s list is Andrew McCarthy, who has echoed Gaffneyâ€™s view that Muslims are seeking to impose Islamic law in America, and retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who has stated that ” should not be protected under the First Amendment,” that there should be “no mosques in America” and that there can be no interfaith dialogue or cooperation between Muslims and Christians.
In 2012, CAIR welcomed Boykinâ€™s withdrawal from a prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point following a controversy over his bigoted views.
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