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|CAIR: NEW JERSEY CANDIDATE STANDS BY MUSLIMS|
|07/20/01 at 13:50:33|
|In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful|
CAIR ACTION ALERT #303
NEW JERSEY CANDIDATE STANDS BY MUSLIMS
Despite pressure, Schundler refuses to reject Muslim community
(WASHINGTON, DC - 7/20/2001) - CAIR is calling on Muslims in New Jersey and
nationwide to express their support for a gubernatorial candidate's refusal to
disassociate himself from that state's Muslim community, despite pressure to
do so. (NOTE - Because CAIR is a tax-exempt organization, it cannot endorse
specific political candidates.)
Since June, New Jersey Republican candidate Bret Schundler has come under fire
for speaking at a meeting of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA). The New
Jersey chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), told the New Jersey Star-
Ledger that it found Schundler's attendance at the AMA meeting "troubling"
because of unspecified statements challenging policies of the state of Israel
made by group leaders. The newspaper quoted Schundler as saying that he would
be caving in to anti-Muslim bigotry if he shunned AMA representatives. At that
time, national Muslim groups issued a joint statement condemning the ADL's
The latest flare-up began about a week ago when the Democratic gubernatorial
candidate, Jim McGreevey, met with local Jewish leaders and gave them two
newspaper articles about Schundler's meeting with the AMA. McGreevey's
spokesman said that the leaders were offered the clippings to show that
Schundler was "outside the mainstream." The McGreevey campaign backed up its
charges against the AMA by distributing materials produced by Steven Emerson,
an infamous Muslim-basher who accused Muslims of perpetrating the Oklahoma
City bombing in 1995. The New Jersey chapter of the ADL once again supported
criticism of the AMA.
In response to McGreevey's accusations, Schundler said his opponent was
attempting to divide voters and said one of his own goals was to meet with all
religious and ethnic groups. The New York Times quoted Schundler as saying he
"will not apologize for holding a dialogue with its [AMA] members to discuss
his vision for New Jersey's future."
Schundler accused McGreevey of being hypocritical and revealed that his
opponent spoke at a leadership conference of the AMA's New Jersey chapter.
McGreevey also sponsored a resolution in the New Jersey State Legislature
praising the AMA for its efforts to educate Muslim Americans about the
American political process.
"By using tactics of political exclusion, the pro-Israel lobby is
demonstrating its alarm at the increased presence of Muslims in America's
political process. These campaigns of vilification must end," said CAIR
Executive Director Nihad Awad.
The attack on Schundler and on the AMA is similar to one (also involving
Steven Emerson) that came during last year's New York Senate race between Rick
Lazio and Hillary Clinton. A Washington Post writer called those attacks
"political pornography." Lazio lost the election to Clinton.
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be FIRM, but POLITE. Hostile comments will
reflect negatively on the Muslim community and Islam.)
1) Contact Bret Schundler to express support for his courageous stand.
Mr. Bret Schundler
395 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
COPY TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Contact Jim McGreevey to express your concerns about his Islamophobic
actions and about his association with known Muslim-bashers like Steven
Mr. Jim McGreevey
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
COPY TO: email@example.com
3) Offer support to Islamic organizations that endorse candidates who defend
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