(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/8/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on a Virginia law enforcement agency and the Republican Party in that state to drop an upcoming event featuring a representative of an anti-Muslim hate group, the leader of which claims a former CIA director was a “secret Muslim” and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America.
CAIR says the Amherst County Republican Committee is hosting a January 9 event (8 p.m.) at the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office by Chris Gaubatz, employee of Understanding the Threat, an Islamophobic hate group headed by the notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo. At Tuesday’s event, Gaubatz will offer his group’s debunked conspiracy theories about “jihadi networks in communities.”
“If Mr. Gaubatz wishes to spew his Islamophobic bile, he should rent a private venue without the sponsorship of a mainstream political party or the perceived endorsement of a law enforcement agency,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We ask both the Amherst County Republican Committee and the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office to disassociate themselves from this hate event.”
The FBI is currently investigating an image tweeted by Guandolo’s hate group that purported to show the bombing of “CAIR HQ” in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that “CAIR needs to be obliterated,” re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Earlier this month, Guandolo tweeted that “Islam is evil & barbaric.”
[NOTE: Gaubatz has tweeted: “[T]here is no such thing as ‘radical islam’ [sic], just islam [sic].”]
Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev.
John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)
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Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:
- U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
- the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”
- when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”
- former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
- Muslims are “obligated” to lie,
- Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America,
- it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).
CAIR has in the past said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”
John Guandolo: Indict Journalists – Muslim Hotel Managers, Cabbies, 7-11 Workers Seek U.S. Takeover
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:
CAIR’s profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America “is at war with Islam” and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are “preparing for combat.” Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House “have been co-opted by the bad guys.”
Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because “people who are still sane” are “having to make very difficult decisions.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat
In 2016, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.
Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo to Host Anti-Muslim Training at Texas College
In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.
Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.
Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition, he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.
Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo’s claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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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