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.”

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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

$205 million to target Muslims… Email From info@mpowerchange.org

As Salaamu Alaykum, Heba—

Ramadan is typically a time of peace and good news. But every once in a while we’re reminded of the stark difficulties faced by the Muslim community in this day and age.

Yesterday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a special report1 with breathtaking news about the organized Islamophobia industry: in just a five year span, this hateful industry—which includes groups that spread hatred via the media, push anti-Muslim legislation, and hold armed demonstrations outside of mosques—has received more than $205 million to spend on slandering the name of Islam and members of the Muslim community.

If you’re as appalled as we are, I hope you’ll chip in at least $3 dollars to MPower Change today to help protect our community from this well-funded and organized attack.

Here are some more troubling facts about the state of the anti-Muslim “movement” in the U.S. today:

  • There are at least 33 documented, well-funded organizations whose primary purpose is to promote hatred of (and prejudice against) Islam and Muslims in the U.S.
  • There were 78 recorded incidents of attacks against mosques in 2015—an increase of 300% over the previous year.
  • “Muslim-free” businesses—the equivalent of “no coloreds allowed” businesses of the Jim Crow era—are becoming more and more common.

MPower Change’s unique role in combating Islamophobia is this: we’re the only digital-first, multi-issue advocacy group that’s specifically built to mobilize tens of thousands of Muslims and our allies at the drop of a dime to fight the most egregious instances of anti-Muslim racism.

We take on both the political and the cultural fights that protect the safety of the Muslim community and the image of Islam in the U.S. today.

If you agree that the Muslim community needs an organization like this fighting on its behalf—in partnership with other Muslim and progressive groups across the country—will you chip in a $3 donation today?

MPower Change launched just six months ago—but in that time, we’ve already taken on several big campaigns.

We stood by Dr. Larycia Hawkins—the professor at a Christian college suspended for wearing a headscarf in solidarity with Muslim women. We orchestrated a large petition drive and have been in touch with Southwest Airlines about their apparent discrimination against Muslim passengers. And most recently, we joined with local leaders in Louisville to call for the Louisville airport to be renamed after the great Muhammad Ali—perhaps the best known Muslim of the entire 20th century.

Even as we run these campaigns, we’re ramping up for a massive voter registration and get-out-the-vote effort that we’ll kick off after Ramadan, led by some veteran Muslim community and political organizers who’ve worked on major local and presidential campaigns.

Beating a $200+ million dollar industry whose sole mission is to destroy your reputation, your quality of life, and your community isn’t something that can be done in just six months. But we’re here now—and with the support of members like you, we don’t plan on going anywhere for a long time. We hope you’ll chip in $3 today to help fund this Muslim grassroots movement.

In solidarity,

Linda and the MPower Change Team

 

Sources:

1. “Funding Islamophobia: $206m went to promoting ‘hatred’ of American Muslims,” The Guardian, Jun 20, 2016
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