(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 3/12/17) — The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today called on state and national Republican Party leaders to repudiate a racist tweet by Rep. Steve King (R-IA).
In a tweet supporting the Islamophobic extreme-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who recently referred to people of Moroccan heritage in that nation as “scum,” King tweeted: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
Rep. Steve King Blasted For ‘Our Civilization’ Tweet
“This racist tweet crosses the line from dog-whistle politics to straight-up White supremacist advocacy, which must be repudiated by state and national GOP leaders,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer. “King seems to believe that only babies of a particular demographic should be valued as part of America’s culture and destiny.”
CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election, including a number of hate attacks on American mosques.
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The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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: http://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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org