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CAIR Calls on Tennessee House Speaker to Rescind Appointment of Anti-Muslim Activist to Textbook Commission

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton to rescind his appointment of anti-Muslim activist Laurie Cardoza-Moore to the Tennessee State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission.

SEE: Alleged Hate Group Leader Appointed to State Textbook Commission

Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission

Cardoza-Moore leads the Franklin, Tenn., based Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as an anti-Muslim group.

SPLC: Anti-Muslim Hate Groups

In a statement to a Tennessee journalist investigating the issue, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

“This individual should not be anywhere near the selection of textbooks in Tennessee or any state. She clearly has anti-Muslim views that inevitably would negatively impact any textbook selection. We would urge the speaker to rescind the appointment immediately.”


PJTN initiatives include “Stop Access Islam.” Cardoza-Moore led opposition to a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and opposed a mosque in New York City. On “The Daily Show,” she falsely claimed that “30 percent” of Muslims “are terrorists.”

CNN: Laurie Cardoza-Moore is leading opposition to the Murfreesboro mosque

Israel approved grant to anti-Muslim ‘hate group’ PJTN

Laurie Cardoza-Moore speech at the rally against Islamic Center in NYC (Aug. 22, 2010)

Cardoza-Moore says “Islam is a political system of global domination,” that 30 percent of Muslims are terrorists and there are already 35 training camps in America

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.     

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.     


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,