(DALLAS, TX, 4/6/2017) – The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today called on the Trump administration not to go forward with the rumored hiring of an Islamophobic Texas mayor for a post at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Mayor Beth Van Duyne made national headlines in 2015 for falsely suggesting that Muslims were imposing sharia law in her city of Irving, Texas. Van Duyne announced recently that she would be taking up a position at HUD.
In January of this year, Van Duyne joined other Texas Islamophobes, including state Rep. Kyle Biedermann and former Rep. Molly White, at an anti-Muslim forum during which she again focused on the manufactured controversy over a Muslim religious mediation service in Irving.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson is notorious for his assertion that a Muslim should not be elected president of the United States. CAIR said his appointment to lead HUD could negatively impact Muslims served and employed by that federal agency.
“The potential appointment of Beth Van Duyne is concerning because of her repeated false and bigoted statements targeting at the Muslim community,” said CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale. “We strongly urge the Trump administration to reconsider such an appointment and the resulting negative message it would send to American Muslims.”
Van Duyne would join many other infamous Islamophobes in the Trump administration, including Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller. Many of the administration’s picks are themselves on record as making anti-Muslim statements or of working closely with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists.
CAIR’s national headquarters recently decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the November 8election.
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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