Islamophobes Object to Muslim Prayer in Virginia Legislature

Islamophobes Object to Muslim Prayer in Virginia Legislature

Islam-Bashers Try to Block Muslim Prayer in Va. Legislature

Action: Contact elected officials to support religious diversity, inclusion

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/11/2010) - CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact elected officials in Virginia to thank them for inviting a respected imam to offer the opening prayer in todays session of that states House of Delegates.

A coalition of notorious Islam-bashers has called for a boycott of the prayer by legislators.

SEE: Boycott Urged for Muslim Imam’s Prayer in Virginia House (Wash. Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/10/AR2010031003909.html
SEE ALSO: http://www.imamjohari.com

The head of one of the Islamophobic groups organizing the boycott, ACT! for America’s Brigitte Gabriel, once told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practising Muslim is a radical Muslim.” She also claimed that “Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct wordit’s the vehicle for IslamIslam is the problem.”

When asked whether Americans should resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” Gabriel said:

“Absolutely. If a Muslim who has—who is—a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day—this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.”

The New York Times Magazine described Gabriel as a radical Islamophobe.

SEE: A Case Study in Sincere Hypocrisy: Brigitte Gabriel http://www.loonwatch.com/2009/04/a-case-study-in-sincere-hypocrisy-brigitte-gabriel/ 


Another group calling for a boycott of the prayer, the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force, calls Islamic beliefs barbaric and claims Islamic law violates the Constitution.

“My hope is that from this gathering we will all get know each other and build new bridges of understanding, no matter how much some narrow-minded people dislike it, said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, who will offer todays prayer.

We cannot let a vocal minority of hate-mongers deny American Muslims their constitutionally-guaranteed right to take part in the political process, said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor.

Saylor noted that another group of Islamophobes is today seeking to block Muslim political participation in Florida.

SEE: Muslim Group Heads to Tallahassee; Anti-Muslim Group Stokes Fear http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2010/03/cair_muslim_capital_day_florida_security_council.php 

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

1. CONTACT the sponsors of the prayer to thank them for supporting religious diversity and inclusion in Virginia.

Before calling, see: Tips for Calling Your Representatives http://www.cair.com/GovernmentRelations/ContactYourRepresentatives/TipsforCallingaCongressionalOffice.aspx


Delegate Adam Ebbin
General Assembly Building
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Phone: (804) 698-1049
Fax: (804) 698-6749
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
http://www.adamebbin.com/

Delegate Kaye Kory
General Assembly Building
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Phone: (804) 698-1038
Fax: (804) 698-6738
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


2. CONTACT the speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates to thank him for standing up to the Islam-bashers.

Mr. William J. Howell
Speaker
Virginia House of Delegates
P.O. Box 8296
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404
Phone: (540) 371-1612
Fax: (540) 371-7449
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


3. COPY all correspondence to CAIR and Imam Johari: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

4. COPY to the delegate who the Washington Post quoted in opposition to Imam Joharis prayer: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


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