WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the withdrawal of an anti-Islam speaker, retired Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin, from an upcoming prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
CAIR recently joined with VoteVets.org, a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, in asking the academy to retract an invitation because of Boykin's Islamophobic views, which include a belief that "[Islam] should not be protected under the First Amendment," that there should be "no mosques in America" and that there can be no interfaith dialogue or cooperation between Muslims and Christians.
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"We welcome Mr. Boykin's withdrawal from this event and hope that the speaker who replaces him will offer cadets a spiritual message that promotes tolerance and mutual understanding," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad added that CAIR has been challenging Boykin's un-American bigotry for a number of years.
On Friday, CAIR issued an action alert calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact the academy's superintendent to ask that he rescind Boykin's invitation.
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CAIR and People For the American Way objected to a recent speech Boykin gave to a mayor's prayer breakfast in Maryland. Hundreds of people contacted city officials to protest Boykin's appearance.
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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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: [email protected]
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)