(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called remarks by incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about â€œproblematicâ€ aspects of Islam and his refusal to rule out a â€œregistryâ€ for Muslims as more examples of the Islamophobia exhibited by President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s transition team.
When asked on ABC about Trumpâ€™s appointment of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the generalâ€™s claim that â€œIslam is not a real religion, but a political ideology masked behind a religion,â€ Priebus said Flynnâ€™s views are in line with those of the president-elect and added: â€œI mean, look, phrasing can always be done differently but clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic.â€
Video: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Says Aspects of Islam 'Problematic'
CAIR had called on President-elect Trump not to appoint retired Flynn as his national security adviser because of his history of anti-Muslim comments and associations. Flynn was later appointed to that position, despite calling Islam a â€œcancer,â€ claiming fear of Muslims is â€œrationalâ€ and being a current member of the board of advisers for the nationâ€™s most virulent anti-Muslim hate group, ACT for America.
On NBC's “Meet the Press,â€ Priebus refused to rule out a â€œregistry for Muslims.â€ He said: “Look I'm not going to rule out anything.â€
Video: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Refuses to Rule Out Muslim 'Registry'
â€œOur nation is not served by the denigration of Islam or by the introduction of ineffective and discriminatory policies targeting Muslims,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
On Friday, CAIR expressed concern about a â€œtroubling Islamophobic trendâ€ in President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s recent appointments and nominations including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for the post of attorney general and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA.
CAIR also decried the appointment of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and White nationalist â€œalt-rightâ€ extremist Stephen Bannon as Trumpâ€™s chief strategist and senior counselor.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is monitoring a troubling spike in anti-Muslim and racist incidents since the November 8 election.
Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
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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