(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern about two more individuals with histories of Islamophobic views being added to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
Katharine Gorka has been selected to be part of the DHS “landing team” that will meet with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to manage the transition.
In the past, she has claimed that the DHS trains its agents — falsely, according to Gorka — that Islam is a “religion of peace.”
Gorka writes about Islam for the White supremacist website “Breitbart News.” In 2014, Gorka wrote that when “Presidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace,” it “struck a sour chord for many,” and that “American and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace.”
She is married to Sebastian Gorka, another Breitbart News contributor. Sebastian Gorka, who is also known for his Islamophobic views. He calls religious profiling of Muslims “common sense.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C. 10/14/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities nationwide to offer stepped-up protection for mosques and other Islamic institutions following the arrest of three “militia” members who allegedly planned to attack a Kansas mosque.
Federal authorities today announced charges against three people arrested in connection with “a major investigation.” CBS Evening News tweeted this afternoon: “Officials confirm the arrest of three militia planning to attack housing complex & mosque in Garden City, Kansas.”
“Given this alleged plan to attack a Kansas mosque, the two other hate incidents reported today against Islamic institutions in Michigan and New Jersey, and the overall spike in anti-mosque incidents nationwide, state and federal authorities should offer stepped-up protection to local communities,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We ask our nation’s political leaders, and particularly political candidates, to reject the growing Islamophobia in our nation.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/25/16) - The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an apparent arson attack on a mosque under construction in that state.
Officials with the Islamic Center of Northland in Kansas City, Mo., say they discovered burns on the interior of the mosque Saturday morning when they arrived for a meeting. Kansas City police report finding two burned bottles inside the mosque site.
“Given the recent spike in attacks on mosque nationwide, and the rising Islamophobia fueled by anti-Muslim rhetoric in the presidential campaign, we urge law enforcement officials to investigate a possible bias motive for this incident,” said CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed.
He noted that CAIR recently reported that 2016 is on track to be one of the worst years ever for anti-mosque incidents, with a total of 55 cases recorded as of mid-September. Last year there were a total of 79 recorded anti-mosque cases.