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Corzine, Pascrell Condemn Rep. King's Anti-Muslim Smears

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    Corzine, Pascrell Condemn Anti-Muslim Smears; Islamic Civil Rights Group Thanks Officials for Their Support 2/23/04 2:35:00 PM
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 23, 2004
      Corzine, Pascrell Condemn Anti-Muslim Smears; Islamic
      Civil Rights Group Thanks Officials for Their Support
      2/23/04 2:35:00 PM

      To: State and City Desk

      Contact: Faiza Ali of CAIR-NJ, 908-209-7440; e-mail:
      cair@...; Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR, 202-488-8787
      or 202-744-7726; e-mail: cair@...

      TOTOWA, N.J., Feb. 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The New
      Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic
      Relations (CAIR-NJ) today thanked Sen. Jon Corzine
      (D-NJ) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) for their
      repudiation of Rep. Peter T. King's (R-NY) recent
      claims that "85 percent" of American Muslim community
      leaders are "an enemy living amongst us" and that "no
      (American) Muslims" cooperate in the war on terror.

      King first made those claims February 9th on Sean
      Hannity's nationally-syndicated radio program and
      later repeated the accusations to local media.

      Corzine and Pascrell repudiated King's remarks at an
      event for Muslim community leaders on Saturday in
      Teaneck, N.J.

      Rep. Pascrell challenged King's claim that the vast
      majority of mosque leaders are extremists. He said the
      accusation is "not true." "In town after town, we know
      that Muslims are great Americans," said Pascrell.

      At the same event, Sen. Corzine said: "It is
      outrageous to believe that 80 to 85 percent of mosques
      are (run by extremists). This is just not
      representative of what we see."

      "We thank Senator Corzine and Congressman Pascrell for
      coming to the defense of the American Muslim community
      at this critical time," said CAIR-NJ Board Member
      Saladin Mustafa. "Congressman King's smears only serve
      to cast suspicion on all American Muslims and to
      create divisions between faiths." Mustafa called on
      other political and religious leaders to similarly
      repudiate King's defamatory comments.

      Earlier this month, the Democratic National Committee
      (DNC) called King's statements "hate-filled," while
      the Interfaith Alliance termed them "inflammatory" and

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      is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25
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