CAIR Questions How Islamophobe Ben Carson Will Treat Muslims Served and Employed by HUD

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CAIR Questions How Islamophobe Ben Carson Will Treat Muslims Served and Employed by HUD

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Islamophobe Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could negatively impact Muslims served and employed by that federal agency.

Carson is notorious for his assertion that a Muslim should not be elected president of the United States. CAIR called on Carson to drop out of the presidential race when he made that bigoted statement.

CAIR: Muslim-American Group Calls On Ben Carson to Drop Out (CNN)

“Based on his past Islamophobic statements and policy positions, all Americans should be very concerned on how Dr. Carson would treat Muslim HUD employees or Muslims seeking agency services,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

“Dr. Carson’s views on Islam, American Muslims and the world are dangerously ill-informed and could negatively impact any government agency he heads,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR has expressed concern about a “troubling Islamophobic trend” in President-elect Donald Trump’s recent appointments and nominations.

SEE: CAIR Concerned About More Islamophobes Added to Trump Transition Team

Backgrounder on Ben Carson’s Islamophobia:

Earlier this year, in an interview with another Trump appointee, then Breitbart host Stephen Bannon, Carson said American Muslims could only embrace both Islamic and democratic values “if they’re schizophrenic.” He said: “I don’t see how they can do it otherwise, because you have two different philosophies.”

During a speech at Iowa University, Carson said Islam is not a religion, but is instead “a life organization system” that has an “apocalyptic vision.”

SEE: Ben Carson Says Islam Is Not a Religion But a “Life Organization System”

In September of 2015, CAIR announced the distribution of free Qurans, Islam’s holy text, in response to then Republican presidential candidate Carson’s false claim that Islam is “inconsistent” with the Constitution and his bigoted belief that a Muslim should not be elected president. Carson used the Anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” accusation to support his unconstitutional viewpoint.

SEE: CAIR Announces Quran Giveaway in Response to Ben Carson’s Anti-Muslim Remarks

Video: In Nod to Anti-Semitism, Ben Carson Accuses American Muslims of ‘Different Loyalties’

Video: Ben Carson Smears Islam, Laughs at Poll Saying Americans Would Not Support Muslim President

Also last year, CAIR called on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to repudiate Carson’s stated willingness to consider religion as probable cause for searches and called on Carson himself to drop a top foreign policy adviser who claims Muslims have “infiltrated” the United States.

SEE: CAIR Calls on RNC to Repudiate Ben Carson’s Statement on Faith-Based Surveillance

Carson has compared Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs.” He said: “If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way.”

SEE: Ben Carson Compares Syrian Refugees to Rabid, ‘Mad’ Dogs

Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

Hadith of the Day: God Loves You

A man once came to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with a sheet of cloth and something in his hand. The man said: “I saw a group of trees and heard the sound of young birds. I took them and put them in my garment. Their mother then came and began to hover around my head. I showed (the chicks) to her, and she fell on them. I wrapped them (all) with my garment. They are now with me.”

The Prophet said to his companions: “Are you surprised at the affection of the mother for her young?. . .God is more affectionate to His servants than a mother to her young ones. Take (the chicks) back and put them where you found them.” Sunan of Abu Dawood

CAIR Calls Priebus Remark About ‘Problematic’ Aspects of Islam, Refusal to Rule Out Muslim Registry More Examples of Trump Transition Team’s Islamophobia

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CAIR Calls Priebus Remark About ‘Problematic’ Aspects of Islam, Refusal to Rule Out Muslim Registry More Examples of Trump Transition Team’s Islamophobia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called remarks by incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about “problematic” aspects of Islam and his refusal to rule out a “registry” for Muslims as more examples of the Islamophobia exhibited by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

When asked on ABC about Trump’s appointment of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the general’s claim that “Islam is not a real religion, but a political ideology masked behind a religion,” Priebus said Flynn’s views are in line with those of the president-elect and added: “I mean, look, phrasing can always be done differently but clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic.”

Video: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Says Aspects of Islam ‘Problematic’

CAIR had called on President-elect Trump not to appoint retired Flynn as his national security adviser because of his history of anti-Muslim comments and associations. Flynn was later appointed to that position, despite calling Islam a “cancer,” claiming fear of Muslims is “rational” and being a current member of the board of advisers for the nation’s most virulent anti-Muslim hate group, ACT for America.

SEE: CAIR Asks Trump Not to Appoint General Who Called Islam ‘a Cancer’ as National Security Adviser

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Priebus refused to rule out a “registry for Muslims.” He said: “Look I’m not going to rule out anything.”

Video: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Refuses to Rule Out Muslim ‘Registry’

Donald Trump’s Alleged Muslim Registry Plan Draws Flak

“Our nation is not served by the denigration of Islam or by the introduction of ineffective and discriminatory policies targeting Muslims,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

On Friday, CAIR expressed concern about a “troubling Islamophobic trend” in President-elect Donald Trump’s recent appointments and nominations including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for the post of attorney general and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA.

SEE: CAIR Concerned About ‘Troubling Islamophobic Trend’ Following Trump’s Nomination of Sessions, Pompeo

CAIR: Muslims Are Outraged Over Trump’s Cabinet Picks

Trump’s Security Picks Deepen Muslim Worries about an Anti-Islamic White House (Washington Post)

CAIR: Trump’s Staff Picks Disappoint, Alarm Minority Groups (AP)

CAIR also decried the appointment of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and White nationalist “alt-right” extremist Stephen Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.


CAIR
Decries Appointment of Islamophobe, White Nationalist Bannon as Top Trump Strategist

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is monitoring a troubling spike in anti-Muslim and racist incidents since the November 8 election.

Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

CAIR Asks Trump Not to Appoint General Who Called Islam ‘a Cancer’ as National Security Adviser

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CAIR Asks Trump Not to Appoint General Who Called Islam ‘a Cancer’ as National Security Adviser

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is on board of advisers for nation’s most virulent anti-Muslim hate group

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-elect Donald Trump not to appoint retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser because of his history of anti-Muslim comments and associations. Media reports indicated Trump has already made that decision.

SEE: Flynn Said to Be Lead Contender for Trump’s Security Adviser

Earlier this year at a Texas event hosted by the anti-Islam hate group ACT for America, Flynn compared Islam to “a cancer” and said that faith of 1.6 billion people worldwide “definitely hides behind being a religion.”

SEE: Trump’s Favorite General Doesn’t View Islam as a Religion (Dallas Morning News)

“A person who believes the faith of one fourth of the world’s population is a ‘cancer’ should not be advising the president on anything, let alone on our nation’s security,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We urge President-elect Trump not to appoint General Flynn to any administration post, and if he already has made that decision, to find another candidate who does not hold such bigoted views.”

Awad noted that Flynn is on the board of advisers for ACT for America, a virulently anti-Muslim hate group headed by Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym “Brigitte Gabriel.” [NOTE: ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).]

SEE: Meet the Extremists Attending the ACT for America Conference

“Gabriel” has stated that an American Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen” and that Islam is the “real enemy.” She once told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim.” When asked whether Americans should “resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” Tudor said, “Absolutely.”

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Brigitte Gabriel (ACT for America)

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT For America

The SPLC has named “Brigitte Gabriel” as a member of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”

SPLC: Anti-Muslim Inner Circle

CAIR recently decried the appointment of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and White nationalist “alt-right” extremist Stephen Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor and updated its site with information about the extremist anti-Muslim views of a number of potential Trump administration appointees.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Islamophobia and the Potential Trump Team

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is monitoring a troubling spike in anti-Muslim and racist incidents since the November 8 election.

Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

CAIR Urges Trump to Drop Anti-Islam Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney from Transition Team

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CAIR Urges Trump to Drop Anti-Islam Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney from Transition Team

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/16/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-Elect Donald Trump to drop anti-Islam conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney as an adviser on national security for his transition team. (#DropGaffney)

SEE: Meet Frank Gaffney, the Anti-Muslim Gadfly Reportedly Advising Trump’s Transition Team (Washington Post)

Donald Trump Considers Another Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist for His Team

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified Gaffney as an anti-Muslim extremist and his Center for Security Policy (CSP) as a hate group. According to the SPLC, CSP is “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”

Of Gaffney himself, the SPLC says he is “gripped by paranoid fantasies about Muslims destroying the West from within, suspicious that Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya, and a proponent of a new version of the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee to root out suspected Muslim subversives.”


SPLC Designated Hate Groups:
Center for Security Policy

SPLC: Frank Gaffney

“Discredited conspiracy theorists like Frank Gaffney should not come within 100 miles of any administration that seeks to maintain credibility on the world stage or to uphold longstanding American values of religious diversity and inclusion,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “With these kinds of associations, President-elect Trump is dividing America at a time when we are most in need of unity.”

CAIR: Go Home Now,’ Trump Supporter Tells Muslim Family in Hate-Filled Note Taped to Door of Iowan Home

Reported Trump Immigration Advisor and Potential Attorney General Is Drafting Plan for Muslim Registry

Backgrounder on Frank Gaffney:

Gaffney is a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who has claimed that “most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be, as a matter of fact, hostile to the United States and its Constitution.”

He is a key promoter of the bizarre conspiracy theory that Muslims in public service are infiltrating the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gaffney 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, was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Tennessee mosque, promoted the debunked claim that Dearborn, Mich., is a “ghetto enclave in which it’s Muslim-only,” and hosted “white supremacist” Jared Taylor on his “Secure Freedom” radio program.

He has in the past:

* Suggested that Saddam Hussein was behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

* Claimed Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was submitting to Islamic law when he condemned the burning of a Quran by a Florida pastor.

* Objected to Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) serving on the House Intelligence Committee because they are Muslim.

* Accused Pope Francis of having “rabidly anti-American” views after the pope said it is “not Christian” to urge the deportation of undocumented immigrants and to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Gaffney was banned from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011 after accusing fellow Republicans of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, cited Gaffney in his anti-Muslim manifesto.

Gaffney’s staff attorney, David Yerushalmi, has advocated outlawing the practice of Islam in America and is the key promoter of anti-Islam bills in state legislatures nationwide.

When leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, he quoted from a sham survey commissioned by Gaffney’s organization.

Earlier this week, CAIR decried the appointment of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and White nationalist “alt-right” extremist Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump.

Bannon hosted Gaffney on his Sirius XM radio show “Breitbart News Daily” 29 times.

SEE: The Anti-Muslim Extremists Steve Bannon Thinks are Experts on Islam

CAIR recently updated its site with information about the extremist anti-Muslim views of a number of potential Trump administration appointees.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Islamophobia and the Potential Trump Team

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is monitoring a troubling spike in anti-Muslim and racist incidents since the November 8 election.

Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated are being asked to contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia

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CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/16) – The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.

SEE: Hate Crimes Against Muslims Up by 67% Last Year

“We witnessed a sharp jump in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide last year, with that spike in Islamophobia continuing through 2016 and accelerating after the November 8 election,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “This unprecedented increase in bigotry of all kinds must be repudiated in the strongest terms possible by all our nation’s leaders, beginning with President-elect Donald Trump.”

McCaw noted that the FBI statistics confirm CAIR’s own report of an unprecedented number of anti-mosque incidents in 2015.

CAIR Report: Number of Incidents Targeting U.S. Mosque in 2015 Highest Ever Recorded

Since November 8, CAIR has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.

SEE: There Have Been More Than 300 Reported Hate Incidents Since Election Day

CAIR-Michigan Calls for Hate Crime Probe After Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Hijab

Also today, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities in Kentucky to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.


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CONTACT:CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

Hadith of the Day: God Loves Those with Kind Hearts

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The Fire (of Hell) is forbidden to touch anyone who is close to the people, soft, lenient, and kind-hearted.”

When a group of people spoke harshly to the Prophet Muhammad, and his wife replied in kind, he cautioned her: “Be calm. . .for God loves that one should be kind and lenient in all matters.”

Hadith of the Day: God Rewards Service to Others

Hadith of the Day: God Rewards Service to Others

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “A man felt very thirsty while he was travelling. He came across a well, went down into the well, quenched his thirst and came out. He then saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, ‘This dog is suffering from thirst just as I did.’ So, he went down the well again, filled his shoe with water and (gave it to the dog). God thanked him for that (good) deed and forgave him (his sins).” The people then asked the Prophet: “Is there a reward for us in serving animals?” He replied: “Yes, there is a reward for serving any (living beings).” Sahih Al-Bukhari

Hadith of the Day: Be a Good Neighbor

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone is pleased to love God and His Messenger or to have God and His Messenger love him, he should speak the truth when he says anything, fulfill his trust when he is put in a position of authority and be a good neighbor.”

A man once asked the Prophet: “How can I know when I do well and when I do ill?” The Prophet replied: “When you hear your neighbors say you have done well, you have done well; and when you hear them say you have done ill, you have done ill.”

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