(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 1/30/18) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the Republican Party in that state to dismiss an official who claims that he uncovered a plot to “mobilize Muslims to infiltrate our Republican caucuses on Feb. 6.”
Dave Sina, chair of the Fourth Congressional District GOP, claimed Monday that a friend went to a mosque and witnessed Muslims being taught to “penetrate” and “infiltrate” the political process.
“It is a sad state of affairs when encouraging positive civic engagement by a minority community provokes such a bigoted, conspiratorial and un-American reaction,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “The Minnesota Republican Party needs to clean its own house by removing Mr. Sina from its ranks.”
Hussein noted the disturbing rise of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry targeting Muslims and other minority groups nationwide since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR recently welcomed the resignation of a Trump administration official who made remarks disparaging African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and others.
CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter similarly welcomed the resignation of two McKinney ISD middle school teachers who posted Islamophobic and hateful tweets on their social media.
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.