(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s choice of Islamophobe Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could negatively impact Muslims served and employed by that federal agency.
Carson is notorious for his assertion that a Muslim should not be elected president of the United States. CAIR called on Carson to drop out of the presidential race when he made that bigoted statement.
â€œBased on his past Islamophobic statements and policy positions, all Americans should be very concerned on how Dr. Carson would treat Muslim HUD employees or Muslims seeking agency services,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
â€œDr. Carsonâ€™s views on Islam, American Muslims and the world are dangerously ill-informed and could negatively impact any government agency he heads,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR has expressed concern about a â€œtroubling Islamophobic trendâ€ in President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s recent appointments and nominations.
Backgrounder on Ben Carsonâ€™s Islamophobia:
Earlier this year, in an interview with another Trump appointee, then Breitbart host Stephen Bannon, Carson said American Muslims could only embrace both Islamic and democratic values â€œif theyâ€™re schizophrenic.â€ He said: â€œI donâ€™t see how they can do it otherwise, because you have two different philosophies.â€
During a speech at Iowa University, Carson said Islam is not a religion, but is instead â€œa life organization system” that has an “apocalyptic vision.”
In September of 2015, CAIR announced the distribution of free Qurans, Islamâ€™s holy text, in response to then Republican presidential candidate Carsonâ€™s false claim that Islam is â€œinconsistentâ€ with the Constitution and his bigoted belief that a Muslim should not be elected president. Carson used the Anti-Semitic â€œdual loyaltyâ€ accusation to support his unconstitutional viewpoint.
Also last year, CAIR called on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to repudiate Carsonâ€™s stated willingness to consider religion as probable cause for searches and called on Carson himself to drop a top foreign policy adviser who claims Muslims have â€œinfiltratedâ€ the United States.
Carson has compared Syrian refugees to â€œrabid dogs.â€ He said: â€œIf there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, youâ€™re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And youâ€™re probably going to put your children out of the way.â€
Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
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.
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