(KANSAS CITY, KS, 6/17/2020) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Kansas Republican Party to condemn and rebuke the Wild West Republican Women’s Club for its January 9 Islamophobic Facebook post attacking American Muslim candidates and for its president Laura Tawater embracing and defending anti-Muslim hate group leader John Bennett, as a keynote speaker at the Dodge City Republican Expo.
[Note: John Bennett, who has called for the removal of American mosques and calls Islam a “cancer,” is the Vice President of Understanding the Threat (UTT) whose founder and President John Guandolo on Sunday called for the “execution” of anti-racist protest leaders. Guandolo said: “[W]e should round up the leaders and execute them for trying to revolt and overthrow the government.”]
On January 9, the Wild West Republican Women’s Club posted on Facebook an Isamophobic message attacking American Muslim candidates running for office because of their Islamic faith and promoting an anti-Muslim conspiracy theories alleging that these Muslim candidates “know the drill- infiltrate American government and institute sharia law” adding “It’s all part of the Islamic faith and practice of jihad. Yet, we keep importing these people 🤦♀️”
The post links to a “Deplorable Kel” article that tracks and disparages Muslim candidates running in 2020 U.S. elections.
This week Tawater dismissed concerns about Bennett’s record and said she looks forward to hearing Bennet discuss the “current riots and its connection to the communist and Islamic movement and their strategic plan to subvert America.”
Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article2435448.”
On Facebook, the Wild West Republican Women’s Club defended their choice to host Bennett, with a seperate post stating “you all will be blessed to listen to his message and the TRUTH he will share about the… Islamic threat in America…”
In a statement CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy said:
“CAIR Kansas is calling on the Kansas Republican Party to condemn and reject the Wild West Republican Women’s Club’s Facebook post attacking American Muslim candidates simply for their Islamic faith and the club’s recent embrace and defense of anti-Muslim hate group leader John Bennett.
“It is shameful that the organizers of the Dodge City Republican Expo have chosen to blatantly disregard Bennett’s long-standing record of anti-Muslim bigotry by retaining him as keynote speaker.
“Not only is the Wild West Republican Women’s club amplifying Bennett’s hateful anti-Muslim views and spreading Islamophobic conspiracy theories online – they are damaging the Kansas Republican Party’s ability to claim it is a big tent party open to all regardless of faith.”
On Monday, the national office of CAIR and CAIR Kansas called on the Kansas Republican Party and the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, Kan., to drop anti-Muslim hate group leader John Bennett as a keynote speaker at the Dodge City Republican Expo.
SEE: CAIR, CAIR-Kansas Call on Kansas GOP, United Wireless Arena to Drop Speaker from Hate Group Calling for ‘Execution’ of Anti-Racist Protest Leaders
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, email@example.com