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CAIR Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich’s Call to ‘Test’ and Deport American Muslims

07/15/2016 | News in  News/Action Alerts  In the News


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CAIR Calls for Ouster of White Supremacist, Islamophobic Maine Official

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/22/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for the removal of a public official in Maine who wants separation of the races and calls Islam "barbarism."

Jackman, Maine, town manager Tom Kawczynski is scheduled to meet with local authorities Tuesday to discuss his fate. Kawczynski, 37, founded New Albion, a white supremacist and anti-Muslim group. He told the Bangor Daily News, that the nation would be better off if people of different races "voluntarily separate."

SEE: Town Manager in Maine Who Wants Separation of Races Hasn't Been Fired Yet

"Everyone has the right to their own views, however intolerant or racist, but no one has the right to use public office to advance those bigoted and extremist views," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Last week, CAIR welcomed the resignation of a Trump administration official who made remarks disparaging African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and other minority groups.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Racist, Anti-Muslim Trump Appointee

Over the past weekend, CAIR's Dallas-Fort Worth chapter similarly welcomed the resignation of two McKinney ISD middle school teachers who posted Islamophobic and hateful tweets on their social media.

SEE: CAIR-DFW Welcomes Resignation of Two McKinney ISD Middle School Teachers After Islamophobic, Hateful Tweets

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://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, 202-744-7726ihooper@cair.com; CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617,executivedirector@cair-iowa.org
 

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