(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a brief, â€œIslamophobia in Politics: A 2016 Review,â€ in which it identified three key themes of Islamophobic political rhetoric this year.
CAIRâ€™s brief shows that anti-Muslim and anti-Islam political discourse has focused on issues such as refugees, immigration and travel, and has employed terminology demonizing Islam and calling for the surveillance of Muslim communities.
Statements by public officials, candidates for office and ranking members of political parties are compiled in this brief â€“ including: â€œGiving public benefits to any person or family that practices Islam is aiding and abetting the enemy. That is treason.â€ â€“ New Hampshire State Rep. Ken Weyler
CAIR attributes the rise in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in large part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by public officials.
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â€œTo safeguard Americaâ€™s values of acceptance and religious pluralism, it is critical that public figures and leaders speak out against anti-Muslim bigotry, rather than perpetuate it,â€ said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Coordinator Zainab Arain. â€œIslamophobic rhetoric is detrimental to all Americans.â€
The brief does not include the statements of the 2016 presidential candidates. See here for our brief on the presidential race: http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/164-islamophobia-in-the-2016-presidential-election.html
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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