WASHINGTON, June 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said anti-Islam rallies held around the country on Saturday were an "bust" and were far overshadowed by counter-demonstrators who outnumbered the Islamophobes and their white supremacist and anti-government allies almost 10-to-1.
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CAIR National Executive Director Ibrahim Hooper told the Washington Post: "The anti-Islam rallies were a bust. We've seen a tremendous rise in the level of anti-Muslim bigotry in our society -- and against minorities of all kinds -- but we've also seen a tremendous rise in support."
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He said CAIR chapters nationwide helped organize events challenging the bigotry promoted by the anti-Islam marchers.
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White supremacist, armed anti-government and neo-Nazi group were prominent at a number of the anti-Islam rallies.
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The main organizer of the anti-Islam rallies was ACT for America, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named ACT for America leader "Brigitte Gabriel" as a member of the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."
Gabriel has argued that, "America is at stage two Islamic Cancer." She believes "every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim," a Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States," and that Arabs "have no soul."
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CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil rights 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.
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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)