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CAIR Urges Council for National Policy to Sever Ties with Notorious Anti-Muslim Extremists

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/2/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged the Council for National Policy (CNP) to sever its apparent ties with notorious anti-Muslim extremists.  

Documents published by the investigative research organization Documented appear to show anti-Muslim hate group leaders Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney actively involved in the Council for National Policy. 

As reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the CNP is “a coalition of influential right-wing leaders, political operatives, conservative media figures, members of the religious right, free-market fundamentalists and donors. The coalition operates on multiple fronts and focuses on political strategy, media and grassroots organizing. The goal of the coalition is to advocate for right-wing and anti-rights policies that favor conservatives and the religious right.”

In 2016, Hatewatch published a 191-page membership directory that included more than 400 members. The directory shows CNP membership included anti-Muslim extremists Brigette Gabriel and Frank Gaffney among many other right-wing figures. It also showed “Radical Islam” and “Islamic Fascism” to be among the interests identified by several CNP members. 

“The Council for National Policy can demonstrate its repudiation of Islamophobia by severing ties with anti-Muslim extremists like Brigette Gabriel and Frank Gaffney,” said CAIR Research and Advocacy coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz. “Refusal to sever these ties would be a clear indication that CNP has no problem with those who promote anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.” 

SEE: Shadowy Right-Wing Strategy Group Embraces Islamophobic Figures, Policies, Presents Challenge to Democracy

Brigette Gabriel, the founder of ACT for America, claimed that a Muslim “cannot be loyal to the United States” and that “Islam is the real enemy.” The group is also known for spewing anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, including Muslims are “infiltrating” American institutions to impose Sharia law.    

SEE: U.S. Islamophobia Network: ACT For America  

Video: ACT for America is a Hate Group, Plain and Simple  

Video: Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America is Allied with White Supremacists, Racists  

Video: Hate Group ACT for America Leader Brigitte Gabriel Says Muslims Cannot Be Loyal U.S. Citizens   

In June 2018, CAIR called on Fox News to pull representatives from an anti-Muslim hate conference hosted by ACT for America.   

SEE: CAIR Calls on Fox News to Pull Reps From Anti-Muslim Hate Conference

CAIR Islamophobia Backgrounder: ACT! for America and ‘Brigitte Gabriel’  

Frank Gaffney is a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who has falsely claimed that most mainstream American Muslim organizations are hostile to our nation and its Constitution. 

He is a key promoter of the bizarre conspiracy theory that Muslims in public service are infiltrating the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, even cited Gaffney in his anti-Muslim manifesto. 

Gaffney staff attorney, David Yerushalmi, has advocated outlawing the practice of Islam in America and is the key promoter of anti-Islam bills in state legislatures nationwide. 

Gaffney has in the past: 

  • Suggested that Saddam Hussein was behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. 
  • Claimed Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was submitting to Islamic law when he condemned the burning of a Quran by a Florida pastor. 
  • Objected to Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) serving on the House Intelligence Committee because they are Muslim. 

U.S. Islamophobia Network, Frank Gaffney 

Factsheet: Frank Gaffney

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified Gaffney as an anti-Muslim extremist and his Center for Security Policy (CSP) as a hate group. According to the SPLC, CSP is a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.      

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

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