Press Releases

CAIR-Massachusetts Asks American Legion to Deny Venue for Hate Group’s Anti-Islam Speaker

(BOSTON, MA, 3/9/2018) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) is calling on an American Legion post in that state to deny the use of its facility for an event Sunday featuring an anti-Muslim speaker and promoted by an Islamophobic hate group.

Anni Cyrus, who purports to be an educator about the threat of “sharia” to the United States, is scheduled to speak at American Legion Nonantum Post 440 in Newton, Mass.

SEE: Anni Cyrus – The US Constitution and Sharia. Can they co-exist?

Cyrus has in the past made inaccurate, defamatory and inflammatory claims about Islam and Muslims, including:

  • “Rape is part of Islam.”
  • “When there is a mosque built in any area. . .it’s a sign of conquest.”
  • Mosques in America represent “1,200 areas lost to Sharia.”
  • “Islam is definitely at war against humanity.”
  • “The reason for the existence of a woman in Islam is that she’s the seducer.”
  • “It would be a brilliant idea if we put an end to all Islamic teachings in our schools.”
  • Titles to her online videos include “To Be Raped Under Islam,” “Islam’s Rape Game in Europe” and “The Solution to Stop Islam.”

“While every American has the right to free speech – even the kind of bigoted and misinformed speech offered by Ms. Cyrus – credible organizations like the American Legion should not provide platforms that imply approval or offer credibility to hate-filled views,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director John Robbins.

The event is being organized by Dianna Ploss, who notes at the bottom of the registration page that she is the president of the Boston chapter of ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as the largest anti-Muslim hate group in America:

Last year, CAIR released two short videos exposing ACT for America’s bigotry and its links to White supremacist organizations.

CAIR’s videos show ACT for America being allied with many of the same white supremacist groups and exhibiting the same bigoted themes as seen at the deadly Charlottesville “Unite the Right” racist rally.

CAIR Video: Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America is Allied with White Supremacists, Racists

CAIR Video: Hate Group ACT for America Leader Brigitte Gabriel Says Muslims Cannot Be Loyal U.S. Citizens

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:        

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –

CONTACT: CAIR-MA Executive Director John Robbins, 617-862-9159,


Share on facebook
Share on twitter