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IL Groups to Protest Candidate’s Islamophobic Remarks


On Friday, October 1, 2004, representatives of
Chicago-area interfaith, Latino, Asian, and immigrant organizations will
hold a news conference at the Downtown Islamic Center to protest what the
groups say is “hate-filled” rhetoric about Muslims by Illinois Republican
congressional candidate Kurt Eckhardt.

Media reports quote Eckhardt as saying he distrusted Islam “for years” and
supports planting human monitors in mosques to track the activity of those
practicing the religion there. Eckhardt added that acts of terror and
violence are not “aberrational behavior” by violent extremists, but are
part of the general culture of Islam.

SEE: “Muslims Condemn Candidate’s Comments”

WHAT: News Conference Protesting Islamophobic Remarks by Kurt Eckhardt
WHEN: Friday, October 1, 2004, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State Street, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL
CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Yaser Tabbara, 312-212-1520 or
312-718-3725, E-Mail:

“As reported, these disturbing remarks reflect a lack of understanding
about Islam and Muslims,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Yaser
Tabbara. “Such inflammatory comments create unnecessary divisions among

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada.

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Yaser Tabbara, Executive Director, CAIR-Chicago, 312-212-1520 or 312-718-3725, E-MAIL:;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL:


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