Target: Bonneville County Republican Central Committee Chair Doyle Beck
Goal: Fire official for her virulently Islamophobic views on American Muslims.
American Muslims are preparing to rise up and murder all non-Muslims in the United States, according to Idaho’s Bonneville County Republican Central Committee’s Becky Prestwich. This is the kind of ridiculous fearmongering that perpetuates hate crimes against Muslims around the country. Demand that the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee fire Prestwich for her bigotry.
In an opinion piece called “Islam in Idaho” that was sent out to all of the state’s Republicans, Prestwich railed against what she called the rapid “Islamization of America” and urged Idahoans to be on high alert. “Contrary to what organizations like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) tells [sic] us, there is absolutely a culture of deception in the Muslim faith, taught by the Qu’ran [sic],” she said.
Prestwich continued, “Muslims are taught to be ‘two faced’; that is, to present the face of friendship to enemies but to inwardly hate them. To wait to be called to jihad and be ready to rise up and kill the enemy when called.” Admitting that she is “not fully versed on the Qu’ran [sic],” Prestwich nonetheless felt qualified to advocate the imminent danger posed to Idaho and America more broadly by any and all Muslims.
When confronted with the prejudiced nature of her remarks, Prestwich refused to say that they were wrong, calling such accusations “political correctness at its worst.” Sign the petition below to demand that the chair of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, Doyle Beck, fire Prestwich for her intransigent bigotry.
Dear Chairman Beck,
I am writing you today regarding the “Islam in Idaho” essay that was written by your colleague Becky Prestwich. This essay revealed her to be a rampant Islamophobe and anti-Muslim fearmonger, and as such you should not allow her to be a part of your committee.
Muslims around the country have increasingly been the targets of prejudice, harassment, and hate crimes in the time since 9/11. This is in large part due to the kinds of misperceptions and prejudices that Prestwich spouted in her essay—that Muslims are without question hellbent on jihad and holy war and are insidiously infiltrating the United States with the ultimate goal of rising up to kill everyone who doesn’t share their faith.
Not only are such assertions patently incorrect, they are also extremely irresponsible. By advocating these falsehoods, Prestwich is actively perpetuating the culture of xenophobic fear that puts Muslim communities around the country at risk of hate violence.
Prestwich’s words were reckless, and she, you yourself, and your committee should be ready to accept partial responsibility for any vandalism, harassment, or hate crimes that vigilantes, spurred on by the essay, commit against Idaho’s Muslim community. A bigot like Prestwich has no place in any modern political environment. I demand that you fire her from the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee at once.
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