Target: Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT For America
Goal: Demand anti-Muslim bigot publicly apologize for recent prejudiced comments against Muslim Americans
An anti-Muslim activist’s spree of fearmongering and bigotry was resuscitated with a recent television interview. While her comments are not unusual for her, she is a prominent member of the American anti-Muslim community and is responsible for fostering a culture of Islamophobia in the United States. Demand that she apologize for her recent comments.
Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the Islamophobic organization ACT For America and prominent member of the anti-Muslim right, recently gave an interview on conservative cable news network Newsmax TV. During the interview, the host turned the conversation to Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the highest concentration of Arab-American Muslims in the United States. In response to the host’s observation that not many homes in Dearborn had American flags hanging outside, Gabriel offered that Muslim communities in the United States are not “blending in” because they are being told in mosques that they should not make friends with Americans, not assimilate, and “not shake hands on Christmas or Easter or wish the Americans a happy holiday.” These comments come after a long and detailed history of anti-Muslim fearmongering and conspiracy theorizing on Gabriel’s part. The pettiness of her most recent comments and its playing into the Fox News “War on Christmas” narrative only underscores the ridiculousness of her position.
We have a duty to hold people accountable for their roles in creating the culture of Islamophobia in the United States that has led to an increase in hate crimes against the American Muslim community. Sign the petition below to demand that Brigitte Gabriel apologize for her bigoted remarks.
Dear Ms. Gabriel,
I am writing you today about some comments you made recently during an interview with Newsmax TV. Your remarks were baseless and bigoted and serve only to perpetuate a hostile and vitriolic environment that you yourself have taken part in creating in years past. I urge you to apologize for your remarks immediately.
The remarks in question–where you said that American Muslims were being taught in mosques across the country to not assimilate into American culture–catered to a common narrative in the Islamophobic right of this country wherein American Muslims are trying to subvert a “quintessentially American” way of life, and perpetuated the common theme of nationwide Muslim conspiracy. These are narrative devices that you, and others, have repeated time and time again to nurture in the American political dialogue a strong, destructive strain of anti-Muslimism. Any continuing efforts to reaffirm these narrative devices in today’s political dialogue serve only to perpetuate a culture that has produced a rampant increase in anti-Muslim violence and Islamophobic prejudice.
Bearing these things in mind, it is clear that your comments are dangerous and perpetuate a culture of hate. I demand that you publicly apologize for them immediately, to communicate to the American people (including the American Muslim community) that you do not endorse a culture of violence against Muslims.
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