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CAIR Calls on Alabama Lawmaker to Drop Membership in Group Honoring ‘Traitors’ 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/12/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Alabama State Representative Mike Holmes (R-District 31) to drop his membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. 

In a video, Rep. Holmes explains his membership in the organization, saying his ancestors fought in the Confederate army because they felt their “way of life was being threatened.” He said none of his ancestors owned slaves.  

WATCH: Alabama Rep. Holmes explains membership in Sons of Confederate veterans

Alabama’s capitol is a crime scene. The cover-up has lasted 120 years.

Alabama Rep. Mike Holmes shares his view on the cause of the Civil War

“It is unacceptable for a lawmaker, whose duty it is to represent all constituents in his district, to be a member of an organization that honors traitors and white supremacists,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.  

Hooper noted that CAIR has repeatedly called for the removal of Confederate flags, statues and symbols from public spaces nationwide. Last year, CAIR condemned a threat by the Alabama state Attorney General’s Office to fine the city of Montgomery for dropping a Confederate street name and supported renaming a school in Huntsville, Ala., currently named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Threat to Fine Alabama City for Dropping Confederate Street Name 

CAIR Supports Renaming Alabama School Named After Robert E. Lee 

CAIR Condemns Decision to Relocate Virginia Confederate Monuments to Outside Government Building 

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.     

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Condemns Racist Anti-Asian Vandalism Targeting Korean Man’s Car in Brooklyn Park  

Video: CAIR Issues Islamophobia Report Exposing Millions Funneled to 26 Anti-Muslim Groups 

CAIR Condemns Bomb Threat Targeting University of Utah Black Cultural Center, Racist Poster at Idaho School 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, 

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