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Reckless Anti-Muslim Proposals by Rand Paul,
Wesley Clarke, Franklin Graham, Republican Politicians Attend Anti-Islam
Event, a CAIR Report
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I was shocked to read Joe
Fitzgerald's opinion column in the Herald on Saturday ("Silence is
deafening from Muslim community after shootings," July 18). The only thing
that's been "deafening" about the response, both nationally and locally,
has been its volume. � Dr. John Robbins, executive director, Council on
American-IslamicRelations, Massachusetts chapter
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According to Mongi Dhaouadi, the Executive Director of the Connecticut
Council on American Islamic Relations, there are around 100,000 American
Muslims living in Connecticut. "Connecticut is a special place," Abdi
said. "People here have a sense of unity."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR Urges Repudiation of 'Reckless' Anti-Muslim Proposals by Rand
Paul, Wesley Clarke, Franklin Graham
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/15) --
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest
Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged national
political and religious leaders to repudiate the "reckless" immigration
and internment camp proposals made recently by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY),
former NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark and Christian evangelist and
missionary Franklin Graham.
Paul suggested restrictions on immigration
and visitation from Muslim-majority countries and reintroduction of the
discredited NSEERS program. Clark called for internment camps for
"self-radicalized" Americans and Graham recommended a ban on all Muslim
immigration to the United States.
Their anti-Muslim proposals trended
online and across the media over the past weekend in reaction to the
deadly shootings that took the lives of five service members and injured
one law enforcement officer in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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"It is utterly irresponsible for public officials, retired civil
servants or faith leaders to use a national tragedy like the shooting that
took place in Chattanooga to offer irresponsible immigration or internment
camp proposals or to reintroduce failed immigrant registration programs
that turn back the clock in our nation's history," said CAIR Government
Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. "We call on other political and religious
leaders to repudiate these reckless proposals and to take a stand against
such reactionary anti-Muslim bigotry."
He compared the proposals to the
internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and to the Chinese
Exclusion Act and the National Origins Act of 1924, which banned
immigration from China and from east Asia respectively.
that it was careless for all three thought leaders to offer such offhand
bias-motivated policy recommendations that have serious and long lasting
national security implications without having a complete understanding of
the facts surrounding the shooting that is still being investigated by the
Details of the anti-Muslim immigration and internment camp
schemes proposed over the weekend:
* Sen. Rand Paul
Supports Increased Immigrant Restrictions for Muslims & Reinstitution of
Much Criticized National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS)
"I'm going to have our subcommittee and maybe committee
in Homeland Security look into whether or not we could reinstitute this
NSEERS [National Security Entry Exit Registration System] program�it was
entry-exit program that was heightened scrutiny for 25 predominantly
Muslim countries that have significant jihadist movements and
anti-American sentiment in their country," Paul said in an interview. "We
need increased scrutiny on those countries before those people come to our
country to visit or permanently. We have to have heightened scrutiny."
CAIR notes NSEERS was set up in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks,
required nonimmigrant men and boys from predominantly Muslim countries to
report to an immigration office to be photographed, fingerprinted and
interviewed. Those targeted by the NSEERS program were also required to
leave the United States through specified ports. Anyone who failed to
comply with the program faced arrest and deportation.
the program were suspended in 2011 and in 2012 the Department of Homeland
Security Office of Inspector General called for a full termination of
NSEERS as the "database that supports this program is obsolete" and it
"does not provide any increase in security." CAIR and civil liberties
organizations criticized NSEERS as being highly discriminatory and biased
in its design and application.
CAIR Welcomes DHS Decision to Drop NSEERS Program
* Rt. General
Calls for Internment Camps for "Self-Radicalized" Americans:
a MSNBC interview:
". . .I do think on a national policy level we
need to look at what self-radicalization means because we are at war with
this group of terrorists. They do have an ideology. In World War II if
someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we
didn't say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were
prisoners of war" and ". . .if these people are radicalized and they don't
support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States, as a
matter of principle fine. It's their right and it's our right and
obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of
the conflict." SEE:
A Frightening Proposal to Intern Muslim Citizens
camps held more than 10,000 innocent Japanese-American men, women and
children during World War II. The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 offered an
official U.S. government apology and granted reparations to Japanese
Americans interned, without due process, during the war.
Clark's "self-radicalized" quote being coded language for American
Muslims, CAIR notes that with growing anti-Muslim sentiments and hate
crimes across the nation it is important to remember that the U.S.
government internment of Japanese-Americans in camps was one of the
greatest injustices our nation has ever committed against innocent
Americans and that such a crime must never be repeated again.
a widely circulated Facebook post calling to block the immigration of
Muslims to America Franklin Graham
wrote in part that:
"Every Muslim that comes into this country
has the potential to be radicalized--and they do their killing to honor
their religion and Muhammad. During World War 2, we didn't allow Japanese
to immigrate to America, nor did we allow Germans. Why are we allowing
Muslims now? Do you agree? Let your Congressman know that we've got to put
a stop to this and close the flood gates."
In addition to Graham's
statement being Islamophobic and anti-Muslim, CAIR notes that it is also
factually incorrect as the United States brought German prisoners of war
to work on
farms and other labor projects who were often treated better than
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
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"The kind of problems that we're facing in the microcosm of Tampa Bay
and nationally are falling on local communities with limited resources to
start addressing these issues," said Laila Abdelaziz, legislative and
government affairs director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR). "It is really time for systemic policy conversations that address
the socioeconomic problems that create injustice in our communities."
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CAIR Calls on GOP
Presidential Candidates to Decline Invite to Hate Group's N. H. Event
Cruz, Jindal, Santorum already confirmed to attend event featuring
appearance by anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on
Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Sen. Lindsey
Graham (SC), Gov. Scott Walker (WI), former governor Mike Huckabee (AR),
former governor Rick Perry (TX), Dr. Ben Carson, and Donald Trump to decline
their invitations to a "national security forum" taking place this weekend
in New Hampshire sponsored by an anti-Muslim hate group and featuring
conspiracy theorist John Guandolo, who
claims the CIA director is a "secret Muslim."
New Hampshire event is co-hosted by Frank Gaffney's
Center for Security Policy, which is part of the "inner core" of
America's Islamophobia network. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an
organization that tracks hate groups in America, named Gaffney as part of
the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."
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Center for Security Policy
While CAIR is also urging presidential
candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) and former senator
Rick Santorum (PA) to cancel their scheduled appearances at the hate
group-backed summit, the civil rights group said those candidates all have a
well-documented track record of seeking the endorsement of anti-Muslim
hate groups or of making disparaging statements about Islam and Muslims, and
are therefore likely to attend.
Islamophobia in the 2016 Presidential Election
"We are seeing the
attempted mainstreaming of anti-Muslim hate and bigotry in the 2016
Republican presidential primary by Islamophobic hate groups and by the
desperate candidates who seek their endorsement," said CAIR Government
Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. " We are calling on all serious Republican
candidates who believe they can unite the nation to decline invitations from
hate groups that seek racial, religious and social division."
noted that Republican presidential candidates who do attend the hate
group-backed forum will be sharing center stage with John Guandolo, a
disgraced former FBI agent who regularly attacks the U.S. government, claims
that the director of the CIA is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi
government and says that American Muslims "do not have a First Amendment
right to do anything."
Islamophobia.org Profile on John Guandolo
Backgrounder on Frank
Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy
Frank Gaffney's paranoia
regarding Muslims has generated criticism from a multiplicity of sources.
The FBI said a Center for Security Policy report is based on "outdated
information" and "overstated" any threat Muslim observances pose to America.
Gaffney is a key promoter of the bizarre conspiracy theory that Muslims
in public service are infiltrating the government on behalf of the Muslim
He has questioned "whether Mr. Obama is a natural born
citizen of the United States," claimed the Missile Defense Agency logo is
part of a "worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam," claimed
an aide to Hillary Clinton was a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative, and
was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit seeking to
block construction of a Tennessee mosque. He has also promoted the false
belief that President Obama is a Muslim.
Southern Poverty Law Center's Profile on Frank Gaffney
attorney, David Yerushalmi, has advocated outlawing the practice of Islam in
America and is the key promoter of anti-Islam bills in state legislatures
CAIR details Gaffney's and the Center for Security Policy's
role in America's Islamophobia network in its report, "Legislating
Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States."
Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States
David Keene, former
president of the National Rifle Association, said Gaffney is "tiresomely
obsessed" with his "weird belief" that anyone who does not agree with him is
a dupe of America's enemies.
Frank Gaffney's conspiracy theories
regarding Muslim infiltration of all aspects of American life are so
overblown that he was banned from attending the Conservative Political
Action Conference in 2011 after accusing its top leadership of being
infiltrated by Islamists.
Frank Gaffney Was Barred From Participating In CPAC
Gaffney was a
key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit against a mosque
being built in Tennessee, where he promoted the notion that mosques want to
"destroy western civilization from within."
Gaffney on CNN:
Mosques Want 'To Destroy Western Civilization From Within' (VIDEO)
Backgrounder on John Guandolo
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes
John Guandolo as "a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S.
government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a
secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims
'do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.'"
Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret
Virginia's Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
rescinded its earlier approval of in-service training credits for state law
enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in
Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
Virginia Agency Pulls Accreditation for Anti-Muslim Training
sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a
Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a
journalist at Kansas' Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo
accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
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number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of
Arizona Police Departments Drop Out of Islamophobic Training
Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had engaged in
a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a
member of Congress.
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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 understanding.
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email@example.com; CAIR Communications
Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171,
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