Republican group asked to remove anti-Islam link from website
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group tonight called on a Republican group in North Carolina to remove a link to anti-Islam rhetoric from its website and apologize to Muslims in that state.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the website of the Greensboro-based Guilford County Republican Party has a link to a site called “Islam Exposed” that states: “This website was designed with 1 (sic) objective in mind – to expose one of the greatest evils on our planet – Islam. We have the evidence and materials to prove that this false religion is nothing more than a barbaric occult (sic) invented by savages for savages.”
SEE: http://www.guilfordgop.org/. Scroll halfway down the page on the left side.
The party maintains the link to the anti-Islam site despite past objections from concerned American Muslims. The GOP website itself offers a disclaimer and states: “We have received a few emails from Muslims who indicate that this material misrepresents their religion.”
“It is unconscionable that a political party claiming to represent all Americans would associate itself with a site that expresses open hatred for the faith of millions of fellow citizens. The Guilford County Republican Party should remove this defamatory link and apologize to the Muslim community of North Carolina,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.
Ahmad compared the controversy over the GOP link to that of Senator Trent Lott (R-MI), who was recently forced to resign from his post as Senate Majority Leader over allegations that he was insensitive to the issue of racism in America. He added that recent attacks on Islam have come almost exclusively from the right-wing of the American political spectrum.
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments can and will be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)
Contact the Guilford County Republican Party to ask that they take down the defamatory link and apologize to Muslims.
Chairman Marcus Kindley
Guilford County Republican Party
P.O. Box 29136
Greensboro, N.C. 27249-9136