DNC Condemns Congressman Peter King's Comments and Calls on Rudy Giuliani to Fire His Homeland Security Adviser

Sep 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from Democratic National Committee

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Democratic National
 Committee today condemned Peter King's statement that there are "too many
 mosques in this country," and called on Rudy Giuliani to fire King as his
 homeland security adviser. King is on Giuliani's Homeland Security Advisory
 Board and according to the New York Post is a "top adviser".
     "Congressman King's comments are deplorable and he should apologize
 immediately. This type of bigoted language has no place in public
 discourse, especially from the Republican's top lawmaker on the House
 Homeland Security Committee," said Democratic National Committee Press
 Secretary Stacie Paxton.
     "Will Rudy Giuliani denounce Peter King's comments and fire King as his
 homeland security adviser? Given Rudy's history of using divisive tactics,
 he shouldn't be placing his trust in an adviser who seems to think an
 individual's religion is the problem with our homeland security.
 Scapegoating a group of Americans to win elections is an ugly Republican
 campaign tactic Americans have already rejected. Our country was founded on
 the principle of religious freedom. Religious profiling and discrimination
 have no place in our country."
     Peter King Is A Member Of Giuliani's Presidential Campaign. Peter King
 is on Giuliani's Homeland Security Advisory Board. The New York Post
 described King as a top advisor to Rudy Giuliani. King endorsed Giuliani's
 presidential bid in January 2007. [JoinRudy2008.com,
 http://www.joinrudy2008.com/article/pr/756, 09/04/07; New York Post,
 09/05/07; Newsday (New York), 1/30/07]
     Republican Rep. Peter King Tells The Politico There Are "Too Many
 Mosques in This Country." New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House
 Republican, said there are "too many mosques in this country" in a recent
 interview with Politico. "There are too many people sympathetic to radical
 Islam," King said. "We should be looking at them more carefully and finding
 out how we can infiltrate them." [Politco.com, 9/19/07]
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