For Immediate Release
CAIR Calls on White House to Cancel Meeting with Anti-Muslim Hate Group Leader
WASHINGTON - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on White House officials to cancel a reported meeting with anti-Muslim hate group leader Brigitte Gabriel.
Late yesterday, Gabriel tweeted: "In D.C, preparing for my meeting at the White House."
ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named "Brigitte Gabriel" as a member of the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."
SPLC: Anti-Muslim Inner Circle
"No White House official should be meeting with the leader of a hate group that is one of the main sources of growing anti-Muslim bigotry in our nation," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This meeting should be canceled immediately and an explanation should be offered as to why it was scheduled in the first place."
Awad noted that such a meeting would only serve to further reinforce concerns about the Trump administration's involvement in the promotion and exploitation of Islamophobia.
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ACT for America Backgrounder:
ACT for America is a virulently anti-Muslim hate group headed by Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym "Brigitte Gabriel." "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."
Her hate group's anti-Muslim bigotry was highlighted recently in a Washington Post exposé.
A member of ACT for America allegedly attended a recent meeting in North Carolina at which the killing of Muslims was reportedly suggested.
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.