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Zionists Block Muslim Prayer in VA Legislature

CAIR Action Alert: Islam-Bashers Try to Block Muslim Prayer in Va. LegislatureShare
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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/11/2010) – CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact elected officials in Virginia to thank them for inviting a respected imam to offer the opening prayer in today’s session of that state’s House of Delegates.
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A coalition of notorious Islam-bashers has called for a boycott of the prayer by legislators.

SEE: Boycott Urged for Muslim Imam's Prayer in Virginia House (Wash. Post)

The head of one of the Islamophobic groups organizing the boycott, ACT! for America’s Brigitte Gabriel, once told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practising Muslim is a radical Muslim.” She also claimed that “Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct word…it's the vehicle for Islam…Islam is the problem.”

When asked whether Americans should resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation," Gabriel said:

"Absolutely. If a Muslim who has -- who is -- a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day -- this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America."

The New York Times Magazine described Gabriel as a “radical Islamophobe.”

SEE: A Case Study in Sincere Hypocrisy: Brigitte Gabriel

Another group calling for a boycott of the prayer, the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force, calls Islamic beliefs “barbaric” and claims Islamic law violates the Constitution.

"My hope is that from this gathering we will all get know each other and build new bridges of understanding, no matter how much some narrow-minded people dislike it,” said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, who will offer today’s prayer.

“We cannot let a vocal minority of hate-mongers deny American Muslims their constitutionally-guaranteed right to take part in the political process,” said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor.

Saylor noted that another group of Islamophobes is today seeking to block Muslim political participation in Florida.

SEE: Muslim Group Heads to Tallahassee; Anti-Muslim Group Stokes Fear

1. CONTACT the sponsors of the prayer to thank them for supporting religious diversity and inclusion in Virginia.

BEFORE CALLING, SEE: Tips for Calling Your Representatives

Delegate Adam Ebbin
General Assembly Building
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Phone: (804) 698-1049
Fax: (804) 698-6749

Delegate Kaye Kory
General Assembly Building
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Phone: (804) 698-1038
Fax: (804) 698-6738

2. CONTACT the speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates to thank him for standing up to the Islam-bashers.

Mr. William J. Howell
Virginia House of Delegates
P.O. Box 8296
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404
Phone: (540) 371-1612
Fax: (540) 371-7449

3. COPY all correspondence to CAIR and Imam Johari:,

4. COPY to the delegate who the Washington Post quoted in opposition to Imam Johari’s prayer:

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About Brigitte Gabriel:

Critics of Gabriel state that her biographical account is riddled with factual inaccuracies. While she claims that she lived for seven years in a bomb shelter, her former neighbours in Marjayoun say that her family, like that of others in the village, may have spent a few nights in their shelter or basement at times, but that they otherwise lived relatively normally.[11]

Gabriel also used to tell audiences that Hizbullah was the group that terrorised her family for the seven years between 1975 and 1982. She stopped making this claim after people objected, pointing out that Hizbullah was formed after she left Lebanon, as a direct result of the Israeli invasion and occupation of 1982.[11]
Deborah Solomon of the New York Times Magazine, who interviewed Gabriel in August 2008, described her as a "radical Islamophobe."[20] Dr. Franklin Lamb, researcher and author at the American University of Beirut, states that Gabriel is being bankrolled by Israeli and Zionist interests as she spews her "anti-Arab and anti-Muslim venom." He further states that her websites American Congress for Truth and ACT! for America package, "hate and scare tactics much like Ann Coulter and the right-wing anti-Islam Human Events website."[11][21]
When Gabriel was invited to speak as part of a lecture series organised by Duke University's Jewish community in October 2004, many in attendance were angered by her referring to Arabs as "barbarians." The Freeman Centre for Jewish Life at Duke University later apologized for her comments.[11] Following her speech at women's campaign event for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (JFO) in November 2008, many in attendance registered their protests, leading Mitchell Bellman, president and CEO of the JFO, to write a letter in which he acknowledged that Gabriel made, "unacceptable gross generalizations of Arabs and Muslims," distancing his organization from her views.[20]
Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has described The Intelligence Summit, for which Gabriel serves as a board advisor, as a body that holds events where "opportunists" are "[Muslim] bashing and cashing and making money from it."[22]
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