(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight decried the appointment of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and White nationalist â€œalt-rightâ€ extremist Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump.
Bannon, formerly head of alt-right mouthpiece â€œBreitbart News,â€ promoted conspiracy theories that “paint a dark and paranoid pictureâ€ of American Muslims. Breitbart News traffics in misogynistic and racist stories targeting women, people of color and immigrants.
According to CAIRâ€™s Islamophobia Monitor website, Bannon also hosted a daily radio show in which many of his guests â€œinstigated fear and loathing of Muslims in Americaâ€ and promoted â€œracist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim content.â€
â€œThe appointment of Stephen Bannon as a top Trump administration strategist sends the disturbing message that anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and White nationalist ideology will be welcome in the White House,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. â€œWe urge President-elect Trump to reconsider this ill-advised appointment if he truly seeks to unite Americans.â€
Awad added that Bannonâ€™s appointment adds fuel to the growing fire of racial and ethnic hatred and division in America.
CAIR recently updated its site with information about the extremist anti-Muslim views of a number of potential Trump administration appointees, including Bannon.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is monitoring a troubling spike in anti-Muslim and racist incidents since last Tuesdayâ€™s 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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