Muslim Congressman Called names by Tea Party Protesters
The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ director Nihad Awad called on Republican leaders to take a public stand and renounce prejudice derisions by the notorious “tea party” opponents of health care reform which targeted a Muslim congressman and another African-American lawmaker on Capitol Hill earlier this week
Protesters spat on and shouted bigoted slurs at lawmakers Rep. Andre Carson and John Lewis of the civil rights movement as they left Cannon House Office building demonstrating ignorance and Islamophobic tendencies.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam. Encouraging dialogue, protecting civil liberties, empowering American Muslims, and building coalitions are goals in which the organization are aiming for. By promoting justice and mutual understanding the organization believes it can stem Islamophobia which has notably risen along with the number of anti-government and anti-immigrant extremist groups during the past year
Awad maintained that the nation must not let a vocal and bigoted minority “turn back the clock” on the Civil Rights Movement