In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:
Bill Clinton said last night: â€œIf youâ€™re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you.â€
Mr. Clinton, you should know that American Muslims do love America. We love freedom. And We hate terrorism. There is no questioning these facts. But do you question whether other religious minorities or groups are with â€œusâ€ or denounce crime and terrorism?
American Muslims are tired of being stereotyped as a separate class of Americans whose loyalty is always subject to question.
American Muslim leaders and community organizations have repeatedly and consistently denounced terrorism, and are being targeted with death threats by deviant groups like ISIS for speaking out against their anti-Islamic brutality.
And yet our community is once again being viewed solely through the lens of national security, not through the positive contributions made by American Muslim physicians, entrepreneurs, academics, police officers, military personnel, first responders, and just ordinary mothers and fathers.
Mr. Clinton, if you want to appeal to Muslim voters, especially those in key battleground states, speak to our concerns about Islamophobia, education, healthcare, policing policies, or even just repairing the pothole down the street.
American Muslims are Americans, and we have been here since before the founding of our nation. We are not going anywhere.
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