(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/29/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trumpâ€™s continued use of a debunked anti-Muslim myth is endangering ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a surge in hate.
At a rally yesterday in California, Trump repeated the myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pigâ€™s blood. Disturbingly, the audience erupted in applause in response to that Islamophobic hoax, which Trump first related at a rally in South Carolina last February. At that time, Politifact investigated the claim and rated it â€œPants on Fire.â€
CAIR has previously stated that Trumpâ€™s pigâ€™s blood claim and other instances of his Islamophobic rhetoric, including his calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, his false claim that â€œIslam hates us,â€ his refusal to rule out special IDs for American Muslims, and his willingness to consider closing down American mosques place millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad said:
â€œIt is deeply disturbing that a leading candidate for the nationâ€™s highest office continues to repeat an Islamophobic myth that he must certainly know to be false. Equally disturbing is the positive response of Mr. Trumpâ€™s supporters to this violence-inspiring hoax.
â€œMr. Trump, because of his continued use of Islamophobic rhetoric, must shoulder at least part of the blame for the recent spike in anti-Muslim bias, discrimination and hate crimes.â€
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Trumpâ€™s bigoted call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Just today, CAIR asked the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., to preserve any surveillance video covering the site of an alleged attack on a Muslim woman by another woman shouting religious slurs and statements of support for Trump.
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: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html Â Â Â Â Â
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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