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CAIR Urges Rejection of W.Va. Bill to Protect Confederate Statues, Supports Removal of La. Confederate Statue, Welcomes Suspension of D.C. Capitol Cop Over Anti-Semitic Doc

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/16/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged lawmakers in West Virginia to reject a bill that would protect Confederate monuments in that state, supported removal of a Confederate monument in Louisiana and welcomed the suspension of a U.S. Capitol Police officer following the discovery of a notorious anti-Semitic screed.

In West Virginia, legislation (House Bill 2714) that would make it illegal to remove or relocate Confederate monuments from the state Capitol grounds and other locations is under consideration after a House of Delegates Committee advanced it on a party line vote. The bill includes protection of statues relating to “the War Between” the states.

SEE: Bill to Protect Confederate Monuments Advances to House Floor

West Virginia House Committee Clears Bill Protecting Confederate Monuments

House committee approves ‘Monument Protection Act’

In Lafayette, La., a court hearing on the removal of a statue of a Confederate general was delayed Monday for a sixth time. Residents filed a legal intervention in 2019 into a 1980 injunction that prohibits the removal of the statue from city property.

SEE: Hearing to Remove Confederate Mouton Statue Delayed 6th Time; Critics Say Delay Is Part of Strategy

Fate of Alfred Mouton statue in limbo after second postponement

Frustration builds over Gen. Alfred Mouton statue lawsuit as delays continue to mount

In Washington, D.C., a U.S. Capitol Police officer was suspended after a copy of the infamous anti-Semitic tract “Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion” was found near a Capitol Hill security post.

SEE: Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Antisemitic Document Found at Checkpoint

Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Notorious Anti-Semitic Text Found at Work

“Those who seek to protect and promote white supremacy, anti-Semitism, racism, or any other form of bigotry must be opposed and repudiated by all Americans who value our nation’s movement toward a more just and inclusive society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 

Hooper noted that last week, CAIR welcomed a new initiative in Virginia that provides a standard for renaming streets honoring the Confederacy, supported a new resolution in the Tennessee House of Representatives calling racism a public health threat and condemned racist propaganda found in Maine. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Va. Policy to Rename Confederate Streets, Supports Tenn. Resolution on Racism Public Health Threat, Condemns Neo-Nazi Racist Flyers in Maine

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and any other form of bigotry.    

VIDEO: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner

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.     


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

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