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CAIR Urges Washington State Mayors to Drop Islamophobe Boykin as Speaker

Boykin(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/11/14) — The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today called on mayors in that state not to host notorious anti-Muslim bigot retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin at Clark County's 13th annual Mayors' and Civic Leaders' Prayer Breakfast to be held October 17 in Vancouver, Wash., hosted by that city's Mayor Tim Leavitt.  

SEE: Prayer Breakfast Event Set for Friday Morning
Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin

Boykin's extreme viewpoints resulted in his withdrawal from a similar prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

CAIR: Islam Critic Backs Out of West Point Cadet Event (AP)
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Boykin recently said “Americans need to have more babies and populate this country with red-blooded patriotic Americans” to counteract the population growth of American Muslims.

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Boykin asserts that ” should not be protected under the First Amendment,” that there should be “no mosques in America” and that there can be no interfaith dialogue or cooperation between Muslims and Christians. In 2003, President Bush rebuked Boykin for his anti-Muslim stance. In 2009, Boykin said “there is no greater threat to America than Islam.” 

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The former general has also made comments viewed as anti-Semitic by many. He derided pastors who are “destroying the efforts … to lead Jews to Christ,” and said, “The Jews are the cause of all the problems in the world.”

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“While Mr. Boykin has the right to hold extremist anti-Muslim views, his un-American bigotry should not receive the endorsement of elected officials who serve citizens of all faiths,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari.

CAIR has been challenging Boykin's un-American bigotry for a number of years.

CAIR and People For the American Way objected to a speech Boykin gave to a mayor's prayer breakfast in Maryland. Hundreds of people contacted city officials to protest Boykin's appearance.

CAIR: An Army Officer, Years On, Still a Lightning Rod (Wash. Post)
Editorial: Religious Bigotry in Ocean City? (Baltimore Sun)

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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CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081 or 206-931-3655; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, arubin@cair.com

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