For Immediate Release
CAIR-MA Condemns Islamophobic Campaign Ad Mailed to New Hampshire Voters
BOSTON - The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR-MA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an Islamophobic campaign advertisement targeting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan mailed to New Hampshire voters.
The ad, sent by the political advocacy group One Nation, references “Radical Islamic terrorists” and shows a crosshairs placed over children and the American flag.
“The mailing intentionally invokes the specter of terrorism and associates Muslims with violence against civilians in a clear attempt to sway voters using Islamophobia,” said Dr. John Robbins, executive director of CAIR-Massachusetts. “This group is obviously exploiting both the candidate’s Arab and Muslim-sounding name and the growing Islamophobic sentiment in our nation.”
Robbins called on state and national Republican Party leaders and candidates to repudiate the Islamophobic intent of the mailer.
He said CAIR recently issued a brief, “Islamophobia in Politics: A 2016 Review,” in which the Washington-based group identified three key themes of Islamophobic political rhetoric this year.
CAIR also monitors Islamophobic rhetoric in the 2016 presidential campaign that the group says has prompted an unprecedented rise in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide.
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