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CAIR Calls for Firing of Fox Host Jeanine Pirro Over Attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Hijab

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/10/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, today called for the firing of Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro over her attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) decision to wear an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

In the first segment of her Saturday night program, falsely claimed Omar’s decision to wear hijab is “antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.”

SEE: Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar for Wearing Hijab (Rolling Stone)

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/jeanine-pirro-ilhan-omar-806293/

“Such an open and un-American expression of religious bigotry should be rejected by any media outlet seeking even a modicum of credibility,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Jeanine Pirro should be fired, and Fox News should apologize to its viewing audience.”

Awad also called for an advertiser boycott of the program until Pirro is fired.

Last week, CAIR joined a coalition of Muslim and Jewish groups at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to announce a letter of support for Rep. Omar who the groups believe was smeared with disingenuous charges of anti-Semitism.

Video: CAIR Joins Coalition of Muslim, Jewish Groups in Support of Rep. Ilhan Omar

https://youtu.be/Vh-sUYJXv64

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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