The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) applauded the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) condemnation of claims by Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) that 85 percent of American Muslim community leaders are an enemy living amongst us and that no (American) Muslims cooperate in the war on terror. King made those remarks February 9th on Sean Hannity's nationally-syndicated radio program.
On Wednesday, CAIR called on President Bush and other political and religious leaders to repudiate King's "baseless smears" and reject attempts to marginalize the American Muslim community. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group also urged King to meet with Muslim representatives.
In a news release headlined "DNC Calls on President Bush to Condemn Rep. Peter King's Hate Language", the DNC Chairman Terry McAucliffe said in part:
"In the past, President Bush has told Muslim Americans that his administration does not condone bigotry. Muslim Americans are teachers, lawyers, doctors, business owners who have made invaluable contributions to our country. President Bush has said those who feel they can intimidate our fellow citizens and take out their anger represent the worst of humankind. That's why I am calling on President Bush and the Republican leadership to condemn this latest example of hate-filled language.
We thank DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe for recognizing the positive contributions of American Muslims and rejecting Islamophobic bigotry said CAIR Governmental Affairs Coordinator Hasan Mansori. Mansori also thanked all the other Muslim and interfaith groups that have joined in condemning King's offensive remarks.
What Can You Do?
Have you voiced your concerns? If not please do so.
As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. Hostile comments can be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.
Contact Rep. King to ask that he apologize to the American Muslim community, seek information from unbiased sources and meet with Islamic leaders to learn more about Muslims in America. You can contact him as well as your state representative
by phone or email:
House contact information can be obtained at www.house.gov/write/rep/
Select your state, type in your zip code, and you will be linked to a
page for your Representative.
You may also use this online form
at the CAIR website.
Thank the Democratic National Committe for its condemnation of King's remarks. DNC contact information can be found here