In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GA CANDIDATE ASKED TO MEET WITH MUSLIMS OVER ‘TERRORIST’ REMARK
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/9/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked Georgia congressional candidate Hank Johnson to meet with Muslim and Arab-American leaders to discuss his recent remarks implying that voters with Arabic names may be “terrorists.”
In a televised debate with Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Johnson said: “…But since we’re talking about Middle East policy I will say that the abundant number of contributors to Mrs. McKinney’s campaign are, have Palestinian and Arab surnames, now I could accuse her of being under the control of terrorists.” Johnson won Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District.
Johnson’s remarks may be viewed at:
In a letter to Johnson, CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor wrote:
“This comment seems to suggest that Arab-American and Muslim participation in the political process has sinister connotations and that having an Arabic name somehow indicates a propensity for violence.”
Saylor requested that Johnson meet with Muslim and Arab-American community leaders to discuss their concerns about his remarks.
CAIR has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org