On Monday Arizona Senator Jon Kyl announced that he will be holding a screening of the anti-Islam movie Fitna.
Of course once this was announced the Council on American Islamic Relations couldn't leave it alone. CAIR wants one of their representatives present so that they can present the "other side" of the argument. They also said that the film's creator Geert Wilders spewed hatred, but of course CAIR did not mention a word about the hate being spewed by the Muslims in the film. Nor did CAIR mention a word about the hate being spewed against Jews at these Muslim rallies.
Arizona Senator Asked to Invite Muslim Reps to Balance Anti-Islam Film
CAIR-AZ urges Sen. Kyl to recognize that there are 'Muslims in his own state'
PHOENIX, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on one of that state's senators to invite Muslim representatives to offer a balancing perspective to a screening of an anti-Islam film he is hosting in Congress.
On Thursday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will host a closed-door screening of a 15-minute film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders. Wilders was recently denied entry to Britain because of his extreme anti-Muslim views, including urging that the Quran, Islam's revealed text, should be banned. One of the event's co-sponsors, the Center for Security Policy headed by Frank Gaffney, is linked to an anti-Islam group that has advocated prison terms in the U.S. for "adherence to Islam."
SEE: US Lawmaker Hosts Anti-Islamic Dutch Lawmaker (AP)
"It seems that Senator Kyl is oblivious to the fact that there are Muslims in his own state who will take offense at this cheap anti-Islam publicity stunt designed to promote a person who is under indictment for inciting religious hatred," said CAIR-AZ Executive Director Ahmad Daniels. "Geert Wilders is just one of many self-promoting Islamophobes traveling the world in search of attention for their hate-filled views. We ask that Americans of all faiths ignore Mr. Wilders, thereby depriving him of the attention he so desperately seeks. Wilders has the right to spew his hate, but he does not have the right to a taxpayer-funded platform in the United States Congress."
Daniels urged Sen. Kyl to join the ongoing efforts to end partisan politics in Congress and to reach out to the Islamic world by inviting speakers with a differing viewpoint to that of Wilders.
He added that, following a request by CAIR's Los Angeles chapter, a California synagogue that screened a film claiming "confrontation between Islam and the Jews" agreed to invite a Muslim representative who could offer a balancing perspective of interfaith understanding.
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