Stop Fear-Mongering About Muslim Organizations

Target: Oklahoma State Representative John Bennett

Goal: Stop misguided labeling of Muslim nonprofits as terrorist organizations

Fear-monger tactics by politicians against Muslim nonprofit organizations are getting out of hand, as illustrated by an Oklahoma lawmaker’s recent actions. The lawmaker has recently called for the nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to be designated a terrorist organization by the United States government. This comes after a long history of bigotry and xenophobia on the lawmaker’s part. Demand that he abandon his anti-Muslim efforts immediately.

Oklahoma State Representative John Bennett recently launched an effort to get the Muslim American civil advocacy nonprofit CAIR designated a terrorist organization by the American government. This is a direct consequence of the recent United Arab Emirates (UAE) decision to include the organization on its own list of terrorist organizations because of alleged connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, allegations based on pet conspiracy theories of right-wing fringe columnists. Regarding the UAE’s decision, Representative Bennett said “If anyone knows who real terrorists are in the Middle East, it should be them. So when they come out and put CAIR on that list, I agree with them 100 percent.” This push comes after a history of anti-Muslimism by the representative, including saying that Muslims were “a cancer that should be cut out from American society.”

While both the United States government and CAIR itself have reached out the UAE for clarification on why the nonprofit was included on its terrorist list, concerns have been raised stateside that the country’s action has put CAIR and American Muslims in a vulnerable position and legitimized anti-Muslim sentiment here at home. With Representative Bennett’s actions, it seems those concerns have been legitimized. Sign the petition below to demand that Representative Bennett abandon his push to get CAIR designated a terrorist organization before it gathers momentum.


Dear Representative Bennett,

I am writing you today about your recent call to have the Muslim American civil advocacy nonprofit, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, designated a terrorist organization. Your efforts are deeply troubling. I urge you to abandon them immediately.

In a recent interview, you stated that your call was based on the decision of the United Arab Emirates to include CAIR on its own list of terrorist organizations. The government of the United States, however, has repeatedly said that it does not in any way consider CAIR a terrorist organization, and indeed, reiterated that point after the UAE’s announcement. It even went so far as to officially inquire with the UAE about why exactly they included CAIR in the first place.

Clearly, then, the United States government understands that CAIR is not a threat to national security. Why do you diverge with this narrative? Unfortunately, your own history of anti-Muslim remarks and xenophobia betrays your motivations. Perhaps this is effort is nothing more than your trying to “cut the Muslim cancer out of American society,” as you are wont to put it.

Your efforts are a transparent attempt at anti-Muslim fearmongering and political positioning. I demand that you abandon your push to label CAIR a terrorist organization at once.


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  1. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    The U.A.E. named the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based group known as CAIR, as well as the Muslim American Society, in a list that also included al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

    10 Facts about CAIR

    CAIR was created by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic supremacist organization that pioneered 20th century Islamic terrorism and sanctions violence against civilians.

    CAIR only has about 5,000 members, despite a membership fee of just $10.

    CAIR represents the opinions of only 12% of Muslim-Americans according to Gallup.

    CAIR receives financial support from foreign powers who have also provided direct support to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and Hamas.

    CAIR has solicited money from sponsors of terror and received financial support from convicted terrorists.

    CAIR founders have praised terrorists to Muslim audiences and said that suicide bombers are acting on behalf of Islam.

    CAIR has raised funds for terrorists under the guise of helping 9/11 victims.

    CAIR board members have called for the overthrow of the United States and the imposition of Islamic law. CAIR has suggested applying Sharia punishment (ie. the death penalty) to users who criticize Islam on the Internet.

    At least 15 high-level CAIR staff members have been under federal investigation for ties to Islamic terror.

    CAIR has discouraged Muslim-Americans from cooperating with law enforcement and has spent more time and money advocating on behalf of convicted terrorists than for their victims.

  2. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    The CAIR Challenge by the Religion of Peace

    We have a standing offer to CAIR that we will take down our entire
    website if this self-proclaimed “civil rights” group will simply answer
    the following questions having to do with the most basic of human rights: discrimination, profiling, religious freedom, gender equality and terrorism.

    Do you want to see Islamic law eventually in America? If not, then why not?

    What is your position on religious profiling? Do you denounce Saudi Arabia for profiling non-Muslims and preventing them from traveling to Mecca?

    Why do you refuse to condemn the killing of Americans in uniform? *

    Do you believe that it is wrong for Muslims to force members of another religion to pay money to Islam in the form of a jizya tax?

    Are non-Muslims who reject Muhammad and resist Islamic rule considered to be “innocent persons” in Islam?

    Do you believe women should have the same rights as men? Should Muslim women be free to marry whomever they choose and wear what they want?

    Hamas has deliberately murdered hundreds of Israeli civilians, including children, and left hundreds more with physical disability, mental impairment (from brain damage) and crippling physical pain. They have also killed Americans. Do you condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization?

    Do you believe in equal rights for all religions? Should religious minorities be as free to promote their faith in Muslim countries as CAIR and other Muslims do here in the West?

    Do you believe that the punishment for adultery should be death? If not, then why not?

    Why have you refused to condemn the Islamic Republic of Sudan for the deaths of over 200,000 Africans in the name of racial cleansing and Jihad? Would you be just as apathetic if this were a non-Muslim government killing Muslims instead?

  3. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:


    Civil rights group partially funded by the Saudi Wahhabi establishment
    Has numerous ties to extremist Islamic organizations

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as a “non-profit, grassroots membership organization … established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America,” to protect Muslims from hate crimes and discrimination, and to present “an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public.” According to the Council’s Director of Communications, Ibrahim Hooper, “We are similar to a Muslim NAACP.” As of June 2007, CAIR claimed 32 branch affiliates in the United States and one in Canada.

    CAIR was co-founded in 1994 by Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, both of whom had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States. Awad and Ahmad previously had served, respectively, as IAP’s Public Relations Director and President. Thus it can be said that CAIR was an outgrowth of IAP.

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