(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/19/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) decision to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, due in part to his past Islamophobic statements.
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“We thank Senator Cardin for his principled position on a critical confirmation that impacts all Americans,” said CAIR Outreach Director for Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “It is an important affirmation to his constituents that elected leaders can champion the values of inclusivity and tolerance, and will refuse to ignore bigotry against our communities.”
Senator Cardin joins a growing list of senators publicly opposing Pompeo’s bid, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE).
Recently, CAIR thanked these senators for calling out Pompeo’s anti-Muslim bigotry at a senate confirmation hearing.
In a statement, Senator Cardin, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said:
“Mr. Pompeo has made repeated, damning statements about members of the Islamic faith and the LGBT community during his public career that are completely antithetical to American values. His statements in that regard make it challenging for him to represent our country to the world and oversee our smart power arsenal.”
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.