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CAIR Calls on U.S. Army to Remove ‘News Article’ Promoting Islamophobic, Anti-Iraqi, Anti-Arab Themes

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/29/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) in calling the U.S military to remove a March 18th United States Army News article that promotes anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Iraqi, anti-Arab racism.

On Friday, CAIR sent an email to Acting Army Secretary John E. Whitley and Deputy Press Secretary Jamal T. Brown requesting the article be removed.  

SEE: U.S. Army News “Soldier fights for her life to serve in US Army”  

https://www.army.mil/article/244483/soldier_fights_for_her_life_to_serve_in_us_army

MRFF Letter: Outrageous Islamophobic “news” article on official United States Army News website  

https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Whitley-letter-3-25-21.pdf

“We are calling on the U.S. Army to immediately take down this proselytizing ‘news article,’ which promotes Islamophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-Iraqi, and anti-Arab themes while promoting a particular religion,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “Official military publications must not foment racism against any ethnicity or bigotry against any faith.”

BACKGROUNDER: 

The article follows the story of an Iraqi woman who tells her story of converting from Islam to Christianity and becoming a U.S. Army interpreter, decisions which the article attributes to a series of Christian auditory and visual religious visions.

The interpreter also makes sweeping generalizations about Iraqi society, claiming that any and all Iraqi women who leave their homes will either be murdered in an honor killing or kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

CAIR said the editor’s note, which qualifies the “soldier’s views do not necessarily reflect the views of the Army,” is not enough to distance the publication from the article’s open resentment and hostility towards Islam, Muslims, Iraqis, and Arabs.   

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com     

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