(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/2/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on mainstream political and religious leaders to repudiate “hate-filled” remarks by evangelist Pat Robertson who said on Sunday that Muslims should not serve in the Cabinet or judiciary. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Pat Robertson told “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” he would be wary of appointing Muslims to positions in the U.S. government, including judgeships. SEE: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-robertson2may02,1,7606032.story?coll=la-headlines-nation “This type of hate-filled rhetoric deserves repudiation from all who respect America’s long-standing tradition of pluralism,” said Rabiah Ahmed,
CAIR’s communication coordinator.
Ahmed added that many Muslims already serve with distinction in many levels of government, including judgeships at the state and local level. In the past, Robertson has made similar hateful comments toward Islam and Muslims. During a 2002 appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” program, Robertson smeared both Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. About Muhammad, Robertson said: “This man was an absolute wild-eyed fanatic. He was a robber and a brigand. And to say that these terrorists distort Islam, they’re carrying out Islam…I mean, this man (Muhammad) was a killer. And to think that this is a peaceful religion is fraudulent.” Robertson also called Islam “a monumental scam” and claimed the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, “is strictly a theft of Jewish theology.” Robertson has also repeatedly defamed Islam and Muslims on his Christian Broadcasting Network “700 Club” program.
He called Islam the “religion of the slavers” and said Americans who converted to Islam exhibited “insanity.” CAIR has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About