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Message to candidates: avoid anti-Muslim rhetoric

I just got this press release from CAIR-LA:

CAIR-LA Calls on Candidates to Avoid Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

(ANAHEIM, 10/10/06) – The Southern California office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called on politicians in the
state to avoid “smear campaigns and fear-mongering” to target candidates
of Muslim or Arab background or those who associate with the California
Muslim community.

“We call on all Californians to repudiate attempts to spread fear of
Islam and Muslims by falsely labeling Arab-American and Muslim
candidates seeking office as extremists,” said CAIR-LA Executive
Director Hussam Ayloush. “It is disturbing to see public officials
exploit growing anti-Muslim prejudice and bias within our society by
using smear campaigns and fear-mongering.”

Ayloush cited the case of Bill Dalati, a Republican candidate for
Anaheim City Council who has been the target of vicious attacks by
former state Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel. Steel supports
Dalati’s opponent, incumbent Bob Hernandez.

SEE: Anaheim City Council Race Heats Up Over Mideast Politics (AP)

In a letter, Steel called Dalati a “Manchurian candidate” and questioned
his patriotism for supporting elected officials who have been critical
of President George W. Bush’s Iraq policies.

Steel also criticized Dalati’s participation at a rally this summer.
That rally was attended by Christians, Jews, Muslims and people of other
faiths, and demanded an immediate cease-fire to the most recent outbreak
of war in the Middle East.

Muslims say Steel has a history of Islamophobia. He once claimed Islam
is a diseased religion.

In a separate race, 47th Congressional District incumbent Loretta
Sanchez has been targeted using similar tactics.

Sanchez’s opponent Tan Nguyen has angered local Muslims with his
offensive and inflammatory use of a photograph of a Middle Eastern
terrorist to link the hot-button issues of illegal immigration and

Sanchez has closely worked with all religious groups, including Muslims.

CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.


  1. Chris Prevatt Chris Prevatt October 11, 2006

    Dear terror-free,

    Thank you for exposing the HATE being spread by the radical extremists from the group called “American’s Against Hate.” A look into this sight reminds me of the efforts of the KKK to promote “White Supremacy.” You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Hate is concealed in many shapes and forms in our society. In many cases, it is hidden under the guise of reasonable sounding names. This similar tactic has been used by the Bush administration to disguise the erosion of our Bill of Rights under “Patriot Act,” or the elimination of environmental regulations, under the “Clean Skies Initiative,” of most famously under the title “No Child Left Behind.”

    Understand, this group that calls itself “American’s Against Hate,” is more of the same tired old bait and switch tactic. They call it one thing when it really is the opposite.

  2. demmother demmother October 11, 2006

    I just love the thought that these kool aid drinkers love to post propoganda as fact.

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