(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern about two more individuals with histories of Islamophobic views being added to President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s transition team.
Katharine Gorka has been selected to be part of the DHS â€œlanding teamâ€ that will meet with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to manage the transition.
In the past, she has claimed that the DHS trains its agents â€” falsely, according to Gorka â€” that Islam is a â€œreligion of peace.â€
Gorka writes about Islam for the White supremacist website â€œBreitbart News.â€ In 2014, Gorka wrote that when â€œPresidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace,â€ it â€œstruck a sour chord for many,â€ and that â€œAmerican and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace.â€
She is married to Sebastian Gorka, another Breitbart News contributor. Sebastian Gorka, who is also known for his Islamophobic views. He calls religious profiling of Muslims â€œcommon sense.â€
President-elect Trump has also named Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland as his deputy national security adviser. McFarland has advocated for war with Iran, support the use of torture, expressed admiration for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, and has supported the profiling of Muslims.
â€œThese most recent appointments again demonstrate a troubling acceptance of anti-Muslim bigotry, conspiracy theories and agenda-driven policy proposals by the Trump transition team,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
CAIR recently expressed concern about a â€œtroubling Islamophobic trendâ€ in President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s recent appointments and nominations.
The Washington-based civil rights organization cited the nominations and appointments of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for the post of attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, and â€œalt-rightâ€ extremist Stephen Bannon as Trumpâ€™s chief strategist and senior counselor.
CAIR also 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 Trumpâ€™s transition team.
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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