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CAIR Demands Apology for Virginia GOP’s Anti-Mosque ‘Smears’

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today demanded that the Republican Party of Virginia apologize for circulating an anti-Muslim petition attacking the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., at which that state’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring spoke during a recent a town hall meeting on the Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban” executive orders.

SEE: Va. GOP blasts Herring for visiting Falls Church mosque

Video: Watch Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s Town Hall Address

While Virginia GOP officials, and recently the FBI, have taken part in public functions at that mosque, the Virginia GOP’s website falsely smears it as being “terror-linked” and demands that Attorney General Herring “apologize to the victims of terrorism.”

In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw said:

“The Republican Party of Virginia must immediately apologize for falsely smearing one of Northern Virginia’s most civically-engaged and respected houses of worship.

“It’s absolutely deplorable that the Virginian GOP would attack Attorney General Mark Herring for visiting the same mosque that many of its own officials attended when seeking to connect with and gain the support of Muslims in Northern Virginia.

“The Republican Party of Virginia’s anti-Muslim smears coincide with at least four mosques being burnt in recent weeks nationwide and with a surge of attacks targeting religious minorities and immigrants.

“The Virginia GOP’s smears and anti-Muslim bigotry threaten the safety and security of American Muslim across the state and the nation.”

Last Friday, CAIR, along with Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and MAS-PACE, hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” and its impact on civil rights. The event also included a free “Citizenship Application Clinic.”

SEE: CAIR to Co-Host Town Hall Meeting with Virginia AG on Trump’s ”˜Muslim Ban 2.0’

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,



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