(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and members of the House of Representatives to denounce Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene following her Islamophobic tweet: “Islam is not a religion of peace.”
In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw said:
“Republican Leader McCarthy should swiftly rebuke Marjorie Taylor Greene for her latest attack on Islam and make clear that House Republicans will no longer tolerate her cancerous bigotry, including a history of racist and anti-Semitic remarks.
“Republican leadership should prioritize making their party a welcoming place for all Americans – not a party for bigots who insult the faith of our nation’s eight million Muslims.”
BACKGROUND ON MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE
In May, CAIR called out Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for posting anti-Muslim tweets about Ilhan Omar referring to the ongoing Israeli bombardment in Gaza.
In response to a tweet from Rep. Omar stating “Palestinian lives matter. Pass it On,” Rep. Greene replied “Jewish lives matter. So tell your terrorist buddies in Hamas to stop bombing them. #JihadSquad.”
In March, CAIR and CAIR-Georgia renewed their call to expel Greene from Congress over her racist comments targeting a Muslim woman.
Earlier this year, CAIR called for her expulsion over violent and threatening remarks she reportedly made online over a multi-year period.
A CNN KFile review of hundreds of posts and comments from Taylor’s Facebook revealed that she repeatedly expressed support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019. Taylor also has a track record of endorsing QAnon conspiracy theories and making anti-Semitic and Islamophobic statements.
In a Facebook post from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Moreover, she liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her perspective, were part of the “deep state” working against Trump.
The national office of CAIR is calling on all Americans to contact their U.S. House Representative to urge them to support Congressman Jimmy Gomez’s announced resolution to expel Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from the U.S. House of Representatives.
In June 2019, CAIR-Georgia strongly condemned the anti-Black, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic remarks made by then congressional candidate Marjorie Greene and called on her to issue a public apology.
Greene has suggested that Muslims do not belong in government; thinks black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party”; and called George Soros a Nazi. In reference to the 2018 midterms, she stated that it was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government” and that “anyone that is a Muslim that believes in Sharia law does not belong in our government.”
In 2018, Greene also agreed with a Facebook commenter who claimed that 9/11 “was done by our gov[ernment]” and that “none of the school shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them.” She also stated that the Parkland school shooting was actually “a deep state warning to the pocket puppets in the house and senate” and that Sandy Hook was a “STAGGED [sic] SHOOTING.”
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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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