Islamophobia in the US:
News Briefs, March 8, 2011
NY Protest Planned Before Muslim Hearings
CAIR: King's Support for IRA Evidence of 'Hypocrisy'
CAIR-LA: Muslims Receive Support After Video Exposes
CAIR: U.S. Anti-Muslim Rally Raises Fears (Al
CAIR Responds to Florida Anti-Shariah Bill
CAIR: Tenn. Anti-Islam Bill is Assault on Muslims
Pam Geller Named to Anti-Muslim Hate Hall of Fame
CAIR-MI: Justice Sought in Police Shooting of 7-Year-Old
PROTEST PLANNED BEFORE MUSLIM HEARINGS - TOP
Religious leaders, elected officials and advocates are planning a rally
in Times Square Sunday protesting what they say are "un-American"
congressional hearings on American Muslims. (More)
CAIR: PETER KING'S SUPPORT FOR IRA EVIDENCE OF 'HYPOCRISY' -
Washington Post, 3/5/11
. . .As King prepares to hold hearings Thursday on what he called "the
extent of the radicalization" of American Muslims, his past as a defender of
armed struggle has led critics to assert he is imposing a double standard.
"My problem with him is the hypocrisy," said Tom Parker, a
counterterrorism specialist at Amnesty International who was injured by an
IRA bomb that struck a birthday party at a military hall in London in 1990.
"If you say that terrorist violence is acceptable in one setting because you
happen to agree with the cause, then you lose the authority to condemn it in
"It's ironic that someone who offered such vocal support for the IRA is
involved in this kind of witch hunt against Muslims in America," said
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
MUSLIMS RECEIVE SUPPORT AFTER VIDEO EXPOSES HATE MOB -
(ANAHEIM, CA, 3/5/11) -- The Greater Los Angeles
Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today
expressed gratitude for the tremendous support expressed by Americans
nationwide toward the event-goers at a Muslim charity event and to the
American Muslim community.
The support came in response to a video released by CAIR-LA of a protest
rally at an ICNA Relief fundraising dinner, which was organized to raise
money for women's shelters and to alleviate homelessness and hunger in the
The video went viral over the internet and garnered almost 500,000
views in two days.
Following is a sampling of the messages phoned in and e-mailed to the
"When I saw this tape last night - I was brought to
tears. The viciousness of the crowd is outdone only by the ignorance and
hate that spews from the mouths of the frightened sheep that call
them-selves elected officials...The only thing that was missing in the crowd
were the dogs and fire hoses from the Civil Rights movement so many years
ago." -Richard C.
"With tears streaming down my cheeks after
watching the hateful treatment of your fundraising event, I would like to
express my sincere outrage that Americans think and behave in these
despicable ways. If I could travel to LA from Georgia today, I would want to
personally hug each and every person who had to witness this crowd - who
have been convinced by the systematic pounding of media disinformation to
fear and hate." -
"Thank you so much for releasing the video
and increasing my awareness of the bigotry and xenophobia in our society. I
am deeply grieved and outraged by what I saw. Those protesters do not speak
for me and I am deeply shamed that they used patriotism as an excuse to
degrade your community." - Anne, Michigan
"It sickens me to witness
that much hate so close to my house....We all come from same family tree
just on a different branch. Please inform if there's anything I can do. I'm
sorry for writing this email over a situation like this. No one should have
to tolerate hatred like this, especially at a dinner benefiting a greater
America." - Jesse R.
"I just wanted to communicate my utter disgust.
As a Japanese American, I believe my community has much in common with the
Muslim community especially in our post 9/11 society. There are a great many
of us, from all backgrounds, who are completely disgusted with the
protestors and what they did and support the ICNA, CAIR, and the Muslim
community." -Daren M.
"As a citizen of the United States I respect
the right of others to protest, however I strongly condemn their hateful
words, intolerance and ignorance. It is truly an insult to the flag of the
United States and all it stands for to be flown behind the hatred of these
protestors...As a Catholic Christian and a proud citizen of the United
States, I respect and support your right to practice your religion, honor
the Prophet, and encourage your members to invest in charitable works in
their community." - Anonymous
"The League of United Latin American
Citizens of Long Beach condemns the intolerance and bigotry of the people
who shouted at and otherwise abused our brother and sister and young ones at
the dinner. We firmly pledge to stand with you in this time of need."
"I commend the bravery and steadfastness of those Muslims who had the
courage to attend the charity event even while being lashed out at by
ignorant and tasteless bigots. Those protesters do not represent the
majority of Americans and I do not even see how they can call themselves
Americans." - Jonathan A.
"It upset me to see how horrible those
protesters were. I am from North Dakota and would just like to extend my
friendship and support. Have a great day!" - Dustin
"I'm from Yorba
Linda, I've lived there all my life, and I've never seen anything like this
before. I'm away at school right now, and I'm not sure I want to go home for
spring break now that I've seen what happened. I recently returned to the US
from a study abroad program in Cairo, Egypt, where I spent five months
living safely and happily surrounded by people who I realize now would be
scorned and hated were they to move to my home community." - Anonymous
"I've known Muslims all my life. They're good people. Terrorists don't
represent Islam any more than Tim McVeigh represents Christianity. I am so
thankful to my family for raising me to love my fellow humans. I just don't
see how these people get up in the morning with so much poison hatred in
their hearts." - Anonymous
"Please take some comfort in knowing that
not all non-Muslims are like this. I am going away this summer to help some
orphaned Muslim children in another country. My goal is NOT to convert them
to anything else. I've been studying Islam to be a good role model for them.
My goal is to figure out how I can help them. I want to find a way to ensure
that they have opportunities to get an education and to DREAM about what
they can do with their lives in the future..." - Brandy, Texas
ignorance demonstrated by the protesters shown on the YouTube footage does
not reflect the views of most Americans. Sadly, as is so often the case,
it's the hatemongers who make their voices most clearly heard. There are
many people in this country that are aware of the true nature of Islam,
i.e., a religion that promotes peace and tolerance. Sadly, the ignorant few
are too easily led." - Alastair
"I'm a white American and disgusted
that those people have anything in common with me. The feminist news site I
frequent IS spreading the word about what happened, and so am I, and so are
my friends. You are not alone. We are bearing witness to what happened to
you, and we are upset." - Laura, Oregon
"It's very unlike me to sit
down and write spontaneously but I just saw the video footage of the
anti-Muslim 'demonstration' in Orange County last month which moved me to
tears. Please know that these people demonstrating are only a tiny minority
of stupid, stupid ignorant people. I'm so sorry for the way Islam is being
made a scape-goat for many of the problems in this world." - Mark, United
"I noticed that there is another charity event in Garden
Grove this Sunday evening to provide relief for Libya. I am hopeful that
there isn't any anticipated protests, but I would like to offer any help I
can to act as a human buffer, escort or counter protest as necessary. I
can't help but remember those in Egypt who protected one another during
prayer -- I would be honored to do the same so that folks could practice
their faith in offering charity. Blessings to you all." - Leia S.
myself, am not religious... I do not believe in an afterlife...I believe in
what I see and base my hopes and desires with what I can achieve with my two
hands and abilities. Regardless of what I believe... the spewing of
illogical hate mongering bigotry in this video has made me feel the need to
reach out to you. From a white American born in California please pass my
condolences to the families present at the gathering. I support your views
of religion and the world." - David D.
Statement on the Protest Rally
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil
liberties and advocacy organization. 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
CONTACT:CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area, 714-776-1847,
CAIR: US ANTI-MUSLIM RALLY RAISES FEARS - TOP
Incident seen as another disturbing evidence of Islamophobia by the
right-wing Tea Party.
Al Jazeera, 3/5/11
The US-based advocacy group, the Council on American Islamic Relations
(CAIR) has published a video of an anti-Muslim protest, at a fundraising
event in California last month.
Muslim residents say the demonstration
has raised fears in their community.
Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports
from Yorba Linda in California's Orange County. (More)
RESPONDS TO FLORIDA ANTI-SHARIAH BILL - TOP
American Independent, 3/4/11
Responding to news that state Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, has filed what
one right-wing organization is dubbing an "anti-Shariah" law, Nezar Hamze,
executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, tells The Florida Independent that Hays' bill
could impact believers in all faiths and that its filing shows Hays is
"disconnected" from his constituents and Florida's "real problems. (More)
CAIR: TENN. GOP LEADERS WILLING TO DISCUSS MUSLIM CONCERNS -
Associated Press, 3/4/11
. . ."The heart and soul of this bill is an egregious assault against the
Muslim community and it needs to disappear," said Gadeir Abbas, an attorney
with the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.
PAM GELLER NAMED TO ANTI-MUSLIM HATE HALL OF FAME -
The Southern Poverty Law Center comes a bit late to the game in
understanding the power and danger of anti-Muslim hate. But they've made
great strides by naming Pam Geller's Stop the Islamization of America as an
official hate group, alongside such wonderful representatives of the species
as the Westboro Baptist Church, the Aryan Nation, KKK, and the Nation of
Islam. It's about time Pam was recognized for her important contribution to
the genre of hate. (More)
CAIR-MI: AIYANA'S FAMILY, GROUP SAY MORE THAN A WARRANT DUE FOR FATAL COP
RAID – TOP
Doug Guthrie and Mike Wilkinson,
Detroit News, 3/5/11
The family of a 7-year-old girl killed by police last spring is outraged
that only one person could be charged in the fatally flawed raid, saying the
system failed Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
The girl was killed by a bullet from a police weapon while sleeping on a
living room sofa early on May 16. . .
Friday, Mertilla Jones said she is
angry that just one charge may be filed. She said no authorities have called
to update the family on the investigation or its result.
She said doesn't eat or sleep since the incident and has lost 50 pounds
from what she called a minor stroke.
"People expect us to get over it,"
she said. "You can't put a time on getting over it. We're all still
grieving. I miss her."
The women spoke Friday along with representatives
of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality during a news conference
at an east side social club. Group leader Ron Scott said two people should
be charged — Weekley and the officer who threw the stun grenade — because
both represent assaults. Scott said the Police Department has become
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic
Relations-Michigan, also attended the conference and said Detroit Police
have a "mindset that treats citizens as enemy combatants." (More)