(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/12/15) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on leading GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson drop a top foreign policy adviser who claims Muslims have â€œinfiltratedâ€ the United States.
Robert F. Dees, a retired Army officer, has demonstrated longstanding anti-Muslim bigotry and has advocated for a national security strategy based on Christian evangelism.
Dees indicated that he views all Muslims with suspicion. In 2013, he said: â€œItâ€™s not about these guys who came from way out, knocked down some buildings [in the 9/11 attacks], and then have left. We have a serious internal issue. Weâ€™ve been infiltrated.â€
In 2014, he told a reporter: â€œI think itâ€™s very important that we understand the threat. Trying to appease the Muslim religion by saying [it is] a peace-loving religion is problematic.â€ He also suggested that the â€œfinal end stateâ€ of Islam is â€œviolence and oppression.â€
In 2005, Dees recommended using the military as a tool in eventually bringing the American public to evangelical Christianity. â€œWe must pursue our particular means for transforming the nation â€” through the military,â€ said Dees.
â€œBy seeking the advice of someone with such Islamophobic and un-American views, Ben Carson is reinforcing the belief that he would not abide by constitutional protections of religious freedom and would involve our nationâ€™s military in a sectarian religious crusade,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. â€œWe believe Dr. Carsonâ€™s mainstreaming of anti-Muslim sentiment is resulting in a spike in rhetorical and physical attacks on American Muslims and their institutions.â€
McCaw said CAIR recently called on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to repudiate Carsonâ€™s stated willingness to consider religion as probable cause for searches.
CAIR announced the renewal of its â€œShare the Quranâ€ campaign in response to Carsonâ€™s false claim that Islam is â€œinconsistentâ€ with the Constitution and his bigoted belief that a Muslim should not be elected president.
Carson has also suggested that American Muslims have â€˜different loyalties.â€
Video: In Nod to Anti-Semitism, Ben Carson Accuses American Muslims of 'Different Loyalties'
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.
– END –
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org