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CAIR Statement on Appointment of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to Head the Office of International Religious Freedom

chapter logos kansas“Governor Sam Brownback’s history of rushing to sign anti-Islam legislation designed to vilify Muslims in Kansas state courts should under any normal circumstances disqualify him from the office of U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Only under the Trump administration would someone so opposed to the constitutional rights of an American faith community be appointed to safeguarding international religious freedom.” -- CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw

SEE: Kansas Gov. Brownback To Leave for Federal ‘Religious Freedom’ Post

In 2012, CAIR asked Brownback not to sign a bill the sponsors of which admitted was designed to attack “Sharia,” the religious principles of Islam.

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In 2016, Brownback withdrew Kansas from the federal government’s refugee relocation program due to fear of possibly resettling primarily Muslim refugees from Syria in that state. CAIR notes that states withdrawing from the federal program cannot stop refugees from being resettled in those states or moving anywhere in the nation once resettled in the U.S.

SEE: Gov. Sam Brownback Withdraws Kansas From Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (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.