(BOSTON, MA, 10/23/16) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR-MA), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an Islamophobic campaign advertisement targeting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan mailed to New Hampshire voters.
The ad, sent by the political advocacy group One Nation, references â€œRadical Islamic terroristsâ€ and shows a crosshairs placed over children and the American flag.
â€œThe mailing intentionally invokes the specter of terrorism and associates Muslims with violence against civilians in a clear attempt to sway voters using Islamophobia,â€ said Dr. John Robbins, executive director of CAIR-Massachusetts. â€œThis group is obviously exploiting both the candidateâ€™s Arab and Muslim-sounding name and the growing Islamophobic sentiment in our nation.â€
Robbins called on state and national Republican Party leaders and candidates to repudiate the Islamophobic intent of the mailer.
He said CAIR recently issued a brief, â€œIslamophobia in Politics: A 2016 Review,â€ in which the Washington-based group identified three key themes of Islamophobic political rhetoric this year.
CAIR also monitors Islamophobic rhetoric in the 2016 presidential campaign that the group says has prompted an unprecedented rise in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide.
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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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