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MAS Denounces VA GOP Attack on DC Area Muslim Organizations, VA Attorney General
(Washington D.C., 3/22/17) — The Muslim American Society (MAS) denounced a Virginia GOP demand for an apology from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, and its attack on CAIR and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.
The demand and petition appeared on the VA GOP website following a town hall event organized by MAS and CAIR, and which took place at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, VA. The event was attended by VA Attorney General Mark Herring, in addition to lawyers who were on hand to address legal concerns in the wake of the Islamophobic tone set by the Trump administration. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, while Dar Al Hijrah is one of the largest and oldest Islamic centers in the DC area.
“This unabashed bigotry is part of a long running attempt to intimidate and silence the Muslim voice. We are offended that bigots continue to be given a platform to harass Muslims. Promoting hatred is a form of violence,” said Mazen Mokhtar, Executive Director of MAS. “To continue to cast a light of suspicion on any organization that contains the word ‘Muslim’ or ‘Islamic’ in its name is not only unacceptable but extremely irresponsible and dangerous. These are the same organizations that continue to work in a trajectory opposite to the accusations,” said Lana Safah, MAS National Communications Director.
MAS calls on the Grand Old Party to take a stand against Islamophobia and bigotry. This is yet another opportunity for the Republican Party to distance itself from extreme hate rhetoric and demonstrate that it is a party for all Americans. MAS also calls on the VA GOP to apologize to the parties involved for the slanderous accusations and to remove its anti-Muslim petition from its website.
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