(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 9/9/14)Â – – On Wednesday, September 10, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), along with other civil rights and interfaith groups, will hold a news conference at the State Capitol to make aÂ public call on the Republican National Committee (RNC) toÂ repudiate Rep. John Bennett's and Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston's recent anti-Muslim statements.”
WHEN:Â Wednesday, September 10, 11 a.m.
WHERE:Â Oklahoma State Capitol Broadcast Press Room (room 432B)
CONTACT:Â CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853,Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants in the news conference will include representatives of CAIR-OK, the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Islamic SocietyÂ of Greater Oklahoma City, the Islamic Council ofÂ Oklahoma, ACLU of Oklahoma,Â Oklahoma NAACP, Respect Diversity Foundation, and the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.
Speakers willÂ repeat the Muslim community's condemnation of terror falsely linked to Islam,Â reiterate the commitment of all represented groups to work forÂ peace and mutualÂ understanding and emphasize the positive relationship Muslims and ChristiansÂ have had in Oklahoma.
In a Facebook post lastÂ week, Bennett called on Oklahomans to be “wary” of “MuslimÂ Americans” and falsely claimed that the Quran says people of other faithsÂ “should be killed.”
In response, CAIR'sÂ Oklahoma chapter (CAIR-OK) called on state Republican Party leaders to denounceÂ the anti-Muslim comments and asked for an apology fromÂ Bennett.
Weston supported Bennett'sÂ comments while adding his own anti-Muslim remarks. He told state media outlets:Â “There is so much overwhelming evidence around theÂ world that the fundamentalÂ beliefs of Islam authorize anything but peace until they become dominant.”
Video: Oklahoma RepublicanÂ Party Leader Smears Islam (CAIR-OK)
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-OK ExecutiveÂ Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, email@example.com; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, Email:Â firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, Email:Â email@example.com