(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Trump administration to withdraw the nomination of Ken Isaacs for the position of director general of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) following reports that he repeatedly called Muslims violent on social media. The U.N. election for the position is expected to be held in June.
SEE: Trump Nominee for U.N. Migration Post Called Muslims Violent, Christians Top Priority (Washington Post)
CAIR also released screen shots of Isaacs’s now-private Islamophobic Twitter account posts.
On March 3, 2017, Isaacs posted a link to the Federalist Papers Project website’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant article “What Countries Look Like Before And After Islam [PHOTOS].”
On September 19, 2016, Isaacs posted: “fun fact. All #Ilsamic #terrorists literally follow #Islam.” The following day, Isaacs posted: “they’re kicking 21st century butt since they are present in 28 countries. Islam is 7th century violence and bullying.”
Following the horrendous July 2016 terrorist attack in Nice, France, Isaacs posted: “#Nice #Islam is not peaceful.”
On June 4, 2017, Isaacs responded to the Bishop of Southwark Cathedral saying of a terrorist attack in London, “This isn’t in the name of God, this isn’t what the Muslim faith asks people to do,” by posting: “Bishop, if you read the Quran you will know ”˜this’ is exactly what the Muslim faith instructs the faithful to do.”
Despite the revelation of the bigoted tweets, the State Department is standing by Isaacs’s nomination.
In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw said:
“Isaacs’s repeated public attacks on social media falsely asserting that ”˜Islam is an inherently violent religion’ and his clear hostility toward Muslims, disqualifies him from being considered for the position of the next director general of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration. The IOM director is responsible for major refugee and relief programs throughout the world, including in Muslim-majority countries. Isaacs’s apology for his Islamophobic statements only came after his bigotry was exposed and cannot erase the years of anti-Muslim hatred he spread online.”
Isaacs is a vice president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham, who has called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion” and claimed Muslims are “enslaved by Islam,” was once disinvited from a Pentagon event. He has claimed Islam is incompatible with “American values” and suggested that American mosques could be closed.
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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