(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/23/07) – On Wednesday, October 24, Southern California interfaith leaders will hold a silent protest and vigil to offer a message of hope and solidarity during Ann Coulter’s visit to the University of Southern California this week.
WHAT: Silent Protest and Vigil
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: Annenberg Auditorium, USC
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847 or 714-851-4851, E-Mail: email@example.com
Coulter, whose address is part of so-called “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week,” has a long history of bigotry against Muslims, Jews and other minorities.
She grabbed national headlines in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks by stating that America should “invade [Muslim] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” In a November 2006 Townhall.com column, she wrote, “[P]rofiling Muslims is more like profiling the Klan.” She refers to Muslims as “rag heads.”
More recently, Coulter faced accusations of anti-Semitism. On CNBC’s ‘The Big Idea’ interview, she said Christians wanted Jews to be ‘perfected.’ Last week, Coulter said on the Michael Medved show, “The Jews believe that my savior, a Jew, was a raving lunatic, and you don’t see me sniffling and crying.”
Rabbi Haim Beliak, co-founder of www.Jewsonfirst.org, stated: “We call on all Southern Californians to take a stand against the hate and fear Coulter and organizers of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week attempt to stoke at USC and other campuses.”
CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said: “The best response to Coulter’s extremist rhetoric is an increased commitment and efforts to promote dialogue, harmony and mutual understanding among all people.”
Islamo-fascism Awareness Week is a series of lectures at college campuses nationwide this week featuring several speakers who are regarded as the nation’s worst Islamophobes by American Muslims.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.