PRAGER ASKED TO ‘DO THE RIGHT THING AND RESIGN’ – TOP
Holocaust Memorial: Dennis Prager’s views ‘antithetical’ to mission
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/21/06) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on Dennis Prager to resign from the United States Holocaust Memorial Council after the executive committee of that taxpayer-funded board issued a statement saying the radio talk show host’s views are “antithetical” to its mission.
SEE: Holocaust Board Chides Radio Host Member (AP)
SEE ALSO: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council to Prager: Your Words Were Intolerant, But You Get To Stay (Forward)
“Now that the Holocaust Memorial Council has stated that Mr. Prager’s views are in direct opposition to the mission of that institution, we call on him to do the right thing and resign,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “Mr. Prager’s resignation would serve to mitigate the damage his divisive rhetoric has had on interfaith relations.”
Prager has written that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, should be prevented from taking his oath of office using the Quran, Islam’s revealed text. He also wrote that swearing an oath on the Quran “undermines American civilization.”
Two members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Rep. Henry Waxman and former New York Mayor Ed Koch, have already spoken out against Prager’s intolerant remarks. Koch called Prager a “bigot.”
Groups such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee have also condemned Prager’s remarks.
CAIR had previously called on the Holocaust Memorial’s governing board and President Bush to remove Prager from his post. Since coming out against Prager’s appointment to the council, CAIR has received hundreds of hate-filled e-mails from Prager’s supporters.
In Virginia, a Republican congressman took up Prager’s call to keep Ellison from using the Quran in his ceremonial oath. Rep. Virgil Goode also decried the growth of the American Muslim community and expressed concern that “many more Muslims” may be elected to public office. A number of Democratic leaders have repudiated Goode’s remarks.
SEE: Va. Lawmaker’s Remarks on Muslims Criticized (Washington Post)
SEE: Congressman Criticizes Election of Muslim (New York Times)
SEE: Rep Goode’s Letter to Constituents
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org