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CAIR Welcomes Award of $600K to Former Minnesota Sheriff in Texas Civil Suit Against Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/21/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a Texas jury’s award of $600,000 to former Minnesota Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s in his civil lawsuit against anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo and his anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat (UTT). Jurors made that award after deliberating for two days following an eight-day trial.

SEE: Anti-Muslim Hate Group Leader Loses Assault Trial in Dallas

Dallas-based anti-Muslim group’s leader faces civil lawsuit over alleged assault of Minnesota sheriff
Stanek sues former FBI agent, reported hate group member over alleged assault

Guandolo is a disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist who has long peddled conspiracy theories about Islam and Muslims. Stanek claims Guandolo assaulted him during a 2017 National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) conference.


SEE: Video Shows Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo’s Alleged Assault on Minnesota Sheriff 

SEE: John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo

Guandolo is an infamous Islamophobe 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.

He stated that the US Justice Department should have prevented two Muslim women from being elected to Congress and has also claimed that former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim.

Guandolo has stated that if he was “anointed king,” he would execute those, including Democratic and Republican leaders who he claims are “advancing a radical Marxist Islamic agenda in the United States.”

Among his many other bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:

  • mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches, 
  • the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,” 
  • when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,” 
  • Muslims are “obligated” to lie.”

Last year, CAIR welcomed a decision by Tennessee’s Trevecca Nazarene University to cancel an anti-Muslim event that would have featured three Islamophobic speakers, including Guandolo.

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

CAIR similarly welcomed a decision by Virginia’s Amherst County Sheriff’s Office to drop an event featuring Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Chris Gaubatz. Gaubatz is a former employee of Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat. Gaubatz is now the President of another anti-Muslim hate group, RAIR (Resistance Against Islamic Radicals).

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Sheriff’s Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim Event
WATCH: Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by ‘Enemies’ of U.S.

The FBI was asked to investigate an image tweeted by Guandolo’s hate group that purported to show the bombing of “CAIR HQ” in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that “CAIR needs to be obliterated,” re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Earlier this month, Guandolo tweeted that “Islam is evil & barbaric.”

SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Tweet by Anti-Muslim Group Showing Bombing of ‘CAIR HQ’ 

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


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