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CAIR to Monitor Decisions by New Tennessee Parole Board Member Mae Beavers for Anti-Muslim Bias

Former state lawmaker who may make judgements on release of Muslim inmates claims ”˜Islam is a threat to our country’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/26/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it will monitor decisions by newly-appointed Tennessee Board of Parole member Mae Beavers for anti-Muslim bias because of her history of Islamophobic statements.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee this week announced the appointment of Beavers to a six-year term on the board.

SEE: Tennessee gov appoints former GOP lawmaker to parole board

Last year, as a Republican gubernatorial candidate, Beavers stated to The Tennessean “I think Islam is a threat to our country” and “Islam is a political agenda” just prior to Trevecca Nazarene University canceling her anti-Muslim “homeland security” summit. CAIR campaigned against the submit and welcomed Trevecca Nazarene University’s decision.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Tennessee University’s Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim ”˜Summit’

“We strongly oppose Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s appointment of an anti-Muslim bigot like Beavers to the Board of Parole,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw. “Any reasonable observer would wonder if a person who holds such Islamophobic views could ever make an objective decision about the release of a Muslim inmate.”

McCaw added: “For the next six years, CAIR plans to make open records requests to monitor Beavers’ conduct and decisions to ensure her Islamophobic bias does not in any way impact the impartially of the Board of Parole.”

Beavers’ canceled January 2018 anti-Muslim summit would have featured three Islamophobic speakers posing as national security experts, including John Guandolo, an infamous anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who claims a former CIA director was a “secret Muslim” and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America.

Last week, Guandolo suggested the U.S. military should bomb Mecca, Islam's holiest site.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,


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