(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/26/2007) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today expressed concern about the decision of a student group that is involved in the so-called “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” to host a Michigan lecture by a representative of a British racist political party.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the group, Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), is hosting a lecture tonight at Michigan State University by British National Party (BNP) Chairman Nick Griffin.
SEE: Controversial British Politician to Speak at MSU
Griffin has been prosecuted in Britain for inciting racial hatred and has been quoted denying the Holocaust. He said: “It’s well known that the chimneys from the gas chambers at Auschwitz are fake, built after the war ended.”
According to the BNP Constitution: “The British National Party. . .is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples. It is therefore committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent, the overwhelmingly white makeup of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948.”
SEE: Constitution of the British National Party
A BNP news release quotes Kyle Bristow, chairman of Michigan State University chapter of YAF, as saying: “It is an honor to host Nick Griffin at my university. Griffin is going to explain how multiculturalism, mass immigration, and Islam are destroying Western civilization.” YAF says Griffin will speak about how “Islam is Taking Over Europe.”
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YAF sponsored a recent “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” lecture by Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator. The Daily Collegian reported, “The Penn State chapter of Young Americans for Freedom was contacted by (“Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” coordinator David) Horowitz and agreed to organize events on campus.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Young Americans for Freedom – Michigan State University as a “hate group.”
SEE: Active U.S. Hate Groups in 2006
“There appear to be growing links between anti-Muslim bigots in the United States and European racists and anti-Semites,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Those who promote and exploit such links are doing a disservice to our nation and to its traditions of interfaith tolerance and understanding.”
Hooper said other speakers on the “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” lecture tour have been accused of racism and anti-Semitism, or have been linked to European racists.
One of those speakers, Robert Spencer, recently offered a keynote address at a European gathering that included representatives of racist or “neo-Nazi” political parties.
SEE: ‘Islamo-Fascism’ Week Speaker Meets with European ‘Neo-Nazis’
Another speaker, Ann Coulter, has referred to Muslims as “rag heads” and recommended that the United States invade Muslim countries, kill their leaders and convert everyone to Christianity. She recently caused outrage in the Jewish community for anti-Semitic comments.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org