(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/30/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today invited a member of Virginiaâ€™s Republican State Central Committee to take part in a Ramadan â€œiftar,â€ or fast-breaking meal, with that stateâ€™s Muslim community following a controversy in which the GOP leader was forced to apologize for posting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric on Twitter and Facebook.
Fredy Burgos, a supporter of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, called Islam a â€œdeath cult organized by Satan,â€ compared Muslims to Nazis and said â€œimmigration control from Islamic countries is a must.â€ Burgos later deleted those and other posts and apologized.
â€œOur research and experience show that Islamophobia is most often the product of lack of knowledge about Islam and Muslims and the absence of interaction with ordinary members of the Muslim community,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. â€œWe invite Mr. Burgos to share a Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Virginia Muslims at his convenience any time in the remaining days of the holy month.â€
McCaw said the Muslim community in America will celebrate the end of the month-long Ramadan fast with communal prayers around the country on July 6.
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