April 10, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Republican Party to repudiate a
GOP lawmaker who compared Islamic prayer to terrorism.
In an email exchange with a constituent, North Carolina State Rep.
was asked whether she was "comfortable with a public prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting." She responded: "No, I do not condone terrorism." Presnell is also a co-sponsor of House resolution 494, which states that
may establish a state religion.
SEE: NC Lawmaker Equates Islamic Prayer with Terrorism (News & Observer)
Michele D. Presnell
"If the Republican Party hopes to reach out to minority groups, it must clearly and forcefully repudiate such bigoted comments by its representatives," said CAIR National Legislative Director
Saylor noted that a GOP official in
was recently reprimanded for anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh remarks.
CAIR: GOP Reprimands Member for Anti-Muslim Remarks
Last December, a coalition of 11 major American Muslim organizations called on the Republican Party to reach out to Muslim voters by rejecting anti-Islam bias and discriminatory legislation.
Video: Coalition Asks GOP to Reach Out to Muslim Voters
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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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations