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CAIR-DFW Urges Texas GOP Group to Disinvite Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo 

Muslim civil rights group also urges Venue Forty|50 to not provide space to anti-Muslim speaker who says Muslims ‘obligated’ to lie and ‘Islam is evil’ 

(DALLAS, TX, 10/25/2021) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Preston West Republican Women and Venue Forty|50 to drop disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist John Guandolo at an upcoming event.  

Among his many conspiratorial claims about Islam and Muslims, Guandolo falsely claims American Muslims are using mosques to plan attacks on law enforcement authorities, that Muslims are “obligated” to lie and that “Islam is evil.”

In an apparent attempt to keep secret the fact that they are hosting Guandolo on Oct. 27 – the Preston West Republican Women’s homepage is promoting Guandolo’s appearance without mentioning him or his anti-Muslim hate group, Understanding the Threat (UTT), by name.  

Social Media Ban: A Preston West Republican Women flyer for the event leaked on social media instructs members: “Do not post on social media or websites.”  

SEE: Preston West Republican Women Flyer W/ Social Media Ban  

Guandolo will address the Preston West Republican Women’s group on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Venue Forty|50 at 4050 Belt Line, Addison, Texas.   

“The Dallas-Fort Worth Muslim community calls on Venue Forty|50 to not provide space to an anti-Muslim bigot like John Guandolo,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed. “If Preston West Republican Women is so proud to host Guandolo, why are they keeping it a secret and asking members to not post about Guandolo on social media?”  

BACKGROUND ABOUT ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOT JOHN GUANDOLO  

Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that: 

  • mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,  
  • the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”  
  • when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”  
  • former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,  
  • Muslims are “obligated” to lie, 
  • Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America. 

In 2018, CAIR welcomed a decision by Tennessee’s Trevecca Nazarene University to cancel an anti-Muslim event that would have featured three Islamophobic speakers, including Guandolo.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Tennessee University’s Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim ‘Summit’ 

CAIR similarly welcomed a decision by Virginia’s Amherst County Sheriff’s Office to drop an event featuring Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Chris Gaubatz. Gaubatz was an employee of Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat.

WATCH: Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by ‘Enemies’ of U.S.

The FBI investigated an image tweeted by Guandolo’s hate group that purported to show the bombing of “CAIR HQ” in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that “CAIR needs to be obliterated,” re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Guandolo also tweeted that “Islam is evil & barbaric.”

SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Tweet by Anti-Muslim Group Showing Bombing of ‘CAIR HQ’  

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference in Reno, Nev.  

In 2019, CAIR welcomed a Texas jury’s award of $600,000 to Stanek in his civil lawsuit against Guandolo. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Award of $600K to Former Minnesota Sheriff in Texas Civil Suit Against Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo 

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-welcomes-award-of-600k-to-former-minnesota-sheriff-in-texas-civil-suit-against-anti-muslim-conspiracy-theorist-john-guandolo/
SEE ALSO: Video Shows Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo’s Alleged Assault on Minnesota Sheriff  

John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune) 

Anti-Muslim Speaker Now Accused of Assaulting a Sheriff 

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469) 290-2909, faizan@cairdfw.org; CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; 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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