CAIR: Prager Asked to 'Do the Right Thing and Resign'

Holocaust Memorial: Dennis Prager's views 'antithetical' to mission

Dec 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national
 Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on Dennis Prager to
 resign from the United States Holocaust Memorial Council after the
 executive committee of that taxpayer-funded board issued a statement saying
 the radio talk show host's views are "antithetical" to its mission.
     SEE: Holocaust Board Chides Radio Host Member (AP)
     SEE ALSO: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council to Prager: Your Words Were
 Intolerant, But You Get To Stay (Forward)
     "Now that the Holocaust Memorial Council has stated that Mr. Prager's
 views are in direct opposition to the mission of that institution, we call
 on him to do the right thing and resign," said Ibrahim Hooper,
 communications director for the Washington-based Council on
 American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). "Mr. Prager's resignation would serve to
 mitigate the damage his divisive rhetoric has had on interfaith relations."
     Prager has written that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to
 Congress, should be prevented from taking his oath of office using the
 Quran, Islam's revealed text. He also wrote that swearing an oath on the
 Quran "undermines American civilization."
     Two members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Rep. Henry
 Waxman and former New York Mayor Ed Koch, have already spoken out against
 Prager's intolerant remarks. Koch called Prager a "bigot."
     Groups such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish
 Committee have also condemned Prager's remarks.
     CAIR had previously called on the Holocaust Memorial's governing board
 and President Bush to remove Prager from his post. Since coming out against
 Prager's appointment to the council, CAIR has received hundreds of
 hate-filled e-mails from Prager's supporters.
     In Virginia, a Republican congressman took up Prager's call to keep
 Ellison from using the Quran in his ceremonial oath. Rep. Virgil Goode also
 decried the growth of the American Muslim community and expressed concern
 that "many more Muslims" may be elected to public office. A number of
 Democratic leaders have repudiated Goode's remarks.
     SEE: Va. Lawmaker's Remarks on Muslims Criticized (Washington Post)
     SEE: Congressman Criticizes Election of Muslim (New York Times)
     SEE: Rep Goode's Letter to Constituents
     CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, 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.
     CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,
               202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations