Corzine, Pascrell Condemn Rep. King's Anti-Muslim Smears
- Corzine, Pascrell Condemn Anti-Muslim Smears; Islamic
Civil Rights Group Thanks Officials for Their Support
2/23/04 2:35:00 PM
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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
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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