Statement: Re Trump Anti-Muslim Remarks
CAIR-AL Statement on Donald Trump Birmingham Visit Today
(Birmingham AL., 11/21/15)—The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Alabama (CAIR-AL) is alarmed at Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent remarks regarding Muslim Americans in which he appeared to agree with the need to register them in a national database. Additionally, he suggested that Muslims wear ID badges. This evokes memories of the yellow stars of David Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany.
Donald Trump arrives in the historical city of Birmingham today. This city was at the forefront of the civil rights struggle. Donald Trump’s statements bring forth memories of the shameful internment of Japanese- Americans during World War II. To this day, an entire generation stands witness to those dark days. His current attack on Muslims is similar to his outrageous and repeated tirade against Mexicans. Donald Trump appeals to the most xenophobic, backward and base prejudices of Americans and his views are contrary to everything we claim to stand for in this country. Trump has challenged every right that we as Americans hold in high esteem. He should not be allowed to visit this city without being held accountable by local civil rights leaders.
With Donald Trump scheduled to speak at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) tonight, CAIR-AL calls on civil rights leaders to stand with the Muslim community of Alabama and speak out against Trump’s anti-Muslim bigotry.
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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CONTACT: CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 334-224-2196,firstname.lastname@example.org