(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/30/15) - The Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest
Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization,
questioned infamous Dutch Islamophobe and
far-right politician Geert Wilders and his hosts Rep. Steve
King (R-IA) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a Capitol Hill
news conference this week.
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CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw asked Rep.
Gohmert whether he stood by Wilders’ statement that “Islam
is an ideology of a retarded culture.” Congressman Gohmert
stated that he “proudly stands by Wilders” and that he may
not always agree with him but will defend his right to make
McCaw also pressed Wilders on whether or not the Republican
Party should adopt his Dutch Freedom Party’s proposal of “banning
the Quran and the building of new mosques.”
Wilders sidestepped the question by stating that he is “not
trying to unify the two parties” and
comparing the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
"By endorsing and promoting Geert Wilders’ anti-Muslim hate,
these elected officials tarnish the Republican Party’s
reputation and harm our nation’s international image," said
In the past, Wilders has stated "I hate Islam," called the
Quran a "fascist book" that should be banned, referred to
the Prophet Mohammed as "the devil," and proposed putting a
tax on Islamic head scarves (hijab) worn by Muslim women.
In April, CAIR called on Republican Party leaders to
disinvited Wilders from two speaking events in Washington,
D.C., hosted by GOP Congressmen King and Gohmert.
CAIR Asks GOP to Disinvite Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders
from DC Events
After the news conference, Muslim Congressmen Keith Ellison
(D-MN) and Andrea Carson (D-IN) were joined by Congressman
Joseph Crowley (D-NY) in a counter press conference that
rejected Wilder’s anti-Muslim bigotry and promoted
interfaith unity and respect.