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U.S. Muslims Urge McCain, Palin to Offer ‘Inclusive’ Speeches
CAIR asks Republican candidates to ‘avoid divisive Islamophobic rhetoric’

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/3/08) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on John McCain and Sarah Palin to ‘avoid divisive Islamophobic rhetoric’ and instead offer ‘inclusive’ addresses at this week’s GOP convention in Minnesota.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Sen. McCain and his supporters have in the past used rhetoric that many American Muslims believe serves to marginalize religious minorities, particularly Muslims.

Just today at the Republican National Convention, former House majority leader Dick Armey said Barack Obama's "funny name" could "give people concerns that he could be or have been too much influenced by Muslims, which is a great threat now."

SEE: Armey: 'Bubba Vote' to Hurt Obama (USA Today)

In a recent campaign speech, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) said McCain would make decisions based on “Judeo-Christian values.” Last fall, McCain stated that America was “founded primarily on Christian principles” and that he would not be comfortable with a Muslim in the White House. [McCain later said: "I would vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and defend our political values."]

SEE: McCain Casts Muslims as Less Fit to Lead (NY Times)

SEE ALSO: Lieberman Praises McCain at Holocaust Center (Detroit Free Press)

In his speeches, McCain often refers to “radical Islam,” “Islamic terrorism" or “Islamic extremism," rhetoric that has been questioned by mainstream American Muslim groups, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Earlier this year, a McCain surrogate in Florida defended the Iraq war by saying, "the Muslims have said either we kneel, or they're going to kill us.” The McCain campaign responded by stating: "The threat we face is from radical Islamic extremism."

McCain also distanced himself from two Christian leaders who made prejudiced comments about Muslims and other religious minorities.


In a statement, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We urge Senator McCain and Governor Palin to offer inclusive speeches at this week’s Republican convention and ask that they both avoid divisive Islamophobic rhetoric. It is all too easy to use hot-button terms to garner votes, but true leaders do not exploit fear or stereotypes for political gain. We hope to hear Senator McCain and Governor Palin say they will defend the civil and religious rights of all Americans, work with the American Muslim community in making our nation both free and secure and help build better relations with the Islamic world.”

He suggested that McCain and Palin reflect the Republican Party Platform, which states: “The struggle in which we are engaged is ideological, not ethnic or religious. The extremists we face are abusers of faith, not its champions. We appreciate the loyalty of all Americans whose family roots lie in the Middle East, and we gratefully acknowledge the contributions of American Arabs and Muslims, especially those in the Armed Forces and the intelligence community.”

SEE: Republican Party Platform

Awad added that Muslims have called on candidates of all political parties to reject Islamophobia and believe using phrases such as "Islamic terrorism” may unintentionally provide religious legitimacy to terrorists.

SEE: Obama, McCain Should Condemn Islamophobia (Detroit News)

SEE ALSO: Amendment to Bill Could Serve Terrorists' Interest (Detroit Free Press)

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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« Reply #1 on: Sep 04, 2008 03:54 AM »

Aslaam Alaikum,

We can pray for it... but really.. I have my doubts. There concern is getting elected. That is all. And if they have to push someone down then so be it.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 05, 2008 03:21 PM »


I dont know Hayfa some of the people really dont like Muslims. So in this case they were probably just being honest.
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   Armey: 'Bubba vote' to hurt Obama
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ST. PAUL — The "Bubba vote" and underlying racism will hurt Democrat Barack Obama in key battleground states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, former House majority leader Dick Armey said Wednesday.
"The Bubba vote is there, and it's very real, and it is everywhere," Armey told USA TODAY and Gannett News Service. "There's an awful lot of people in America, bless their heart, who simply are not emotionally prepared to vote for a black man.

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"It's deplorable, but it is real," said Armey, adding that he believes "Republicans would not encourage" such prejudices. He said the "Bubba vote" is "invisible" in pre-election opinion polls, because voters do not admit they would oppose a candidate because of race.

The "Bubba vote" is shorthand in politics for white, working-class voters who often live in rural areas — a group Obama did not dominate in state primaries.

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Armey said Obama's "funny name" — a phrase the Illinois senator uses himself — could "give people concerns that he could be or has been too much influenced by Muslims, which is a great threat now." Obama is Christian.

"These are handicaps he has that translate into real-number outcomes," said Armey, an architect of the "Republican revolution" that won the House majority in the 1994 election. The Texas congressman retired in 2003.

"We just disagree" that race will be a factor in the election, said Obama campaign spokesman Nick Shapiro. Voters' "top concerns are a lot more about which candidate is going to help their families and strengthen our economy than some politician's prognostication for the election."

Republican John McCain's campaign declined comment.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, objected to Armey's reference to Muslim influence as a "threat."

"If he really believes that Muslims are a threat, then he must be out of step with American values of inclusion, respect and plurality," Awad said.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's name on the GOP ticket should not produce much of an anti-woman vote, Armey said. "We're very far down that path. We're not as far down the racial equality path."

Obama campaigned Wednesday in Ohio. A CNN/Time poll released Wednesday showed him leading McCain, 47%-45%, in Ohio, within the margin of error.

A victory for Obama is "not impossible," Armey said. But he said that in a close election — national polls give Obama a single-digit lead — the "Bubbas" who refuse to vote for Obama and cast their ballots for McCain or someone else could tip a state and its electoral votes away from the Democrat.

Armey said Obama, who is in his first Senate term, does not have enough experience to be president. "He has not demonstrated in any way that he is capable of doing a serious, adult job. He's only capable of winning political races," said Armey, chairman of the conservative think tank Freedom Works.

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