(PORTLAND, OR, 2/20/18) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called on the Deschutes County Republican Party to drop an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist as a speaker at an event that will be held tonight.
“John Guandolo is an infamous Islamophobe,” said CAIR-Oregon spokesperson Zakir Khan. “He bizarrely claims that a former CIA director was a ”˜secret Muslim’ and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers are planning to take over America. There is nothing to learn but hate at this event. We call on the Deschutes Republican Party to cancel this speaker and the various GOP candidates for governor, including Representative Knute Buehler to not attend.”
Last month, CAIR welcomed a decision by Tennessee’s Trevecca Nazarene University to cancel an anti-Muslim event that would have featured three Islamophobic speakers, including Guandolo.
CAIR similarly welcomed a decision by Virginia’s Amherst County Sheriff’s Office to drop an event featuring Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Chris Gaubatz. Gaubatz is an employee of Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat.
BACKGROUNDER ON JOHN GUANDOLO:
The FBI is currently investigating an image tweeted by Guandolo’s hate group that purported to show the bombing of “CAIR HQ” in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that “CAIR needs to be obliterated,” re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Earlier this month, Guandolo tweeted that “Islam is evil & barbaric.”
Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev.
John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)
Anti-Muslim Speaker Now Accused of Assaulting a Sheriff
Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:
- U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
- the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”
- when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”
- former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
- Muslims are “obligated” to lie,
- Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America,
- it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).
CAIR has in the past said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
CAIR’s profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America “is at war with Islam” and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are “preparing for combat.” Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House “have been co-opted by the bad guys.”
Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because “people who are still sane” are “having to make very difficult decisions.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat
In 2016, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.
Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo to Host Anti-Muslim Training at Texas College
In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.
Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.
Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition, he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.
Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo’s claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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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