(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/30/16) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomed guilty pleas resulting from a June 19, 2015, hate attack on three Somali-Americans in Dodge City.
CAIR-Kansas also thanked federal authorities for their successful prosecution of the case.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release:
“Armando Sotelo, 24, pleaded guilty today to a hate crime offense for his role in a June 19, 2015, assault of a black Somali man in Dodge City, Kansas. Omar Cantero Martinez, 32, also pleaded guilty today to providing perjured testimony during a hate crimes prosecution arising from the same assault. . .
“During Sotelo’s plea hearing, he admitted that he assaulted the victim, identified as M.H.D., because of M.H.D.’s race and national origin. Sotelo admitted that he, with the assistance of two other men, approached M.H.D., who is black and from Somalia, while M.H.D. was sitting with two other Somali men on a bench outside the African Market. The defendant approached the bench from one side, while the two other men approached the bench from the other. Sotelo and the other men all yelled racial and anti-Somali slurs at M.H.D. and at the two other Somalis on the bench. “
(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.”