CAIR: Florida GOP candidate anti-Islam ads are racist and Islamaphobic

May 8th, 2010 - 3:01 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Friday called on national Republican leaders to retract campaign advertisements for a Florida GOP candidate that promotes racial profiling and stimulates Islamophobia.

Dan Fanelli is currently a Republican candidate for Congress in Florida, and he is shown, in one ad, pointing to a white man and asks, “Does this look like a terrorist?” He then turns to a “Middle Eastern” man and asks, “or this?”

Another ad has Fanelli saying, “This is a terrorist,” as he presents a “Middle Eastern” man strapped with a “bomb” and wearing what appears to be a dish towel “turban.” Additional advertisement present two Arabic-speaking “terrorists” manufacturing a bomb while discussing “martyrdom” and “killing infidels,” mocking enduring due process rights such as Miranda warnings and access to lawyers.

“This type of overt racism and contempt for constitutional rights has no place in a multi-cultural and multi-faith state like Florida,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ramzy Kilic.

“These outrageously racist and Islamophobic political appeals indicate that Mr. Fanelli falsely believes his constituents are as bigoted and intolerant as he obviously is,” said CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor. “Local, state and national GOP leaders must speak out strongly against such racist and un-American campaign tactics,” added Saylor, as he pointed out that the suicide plane attack on an IRS facility in Texas, the shooting of Pentagon guards and the alleged Christian militia plot to kill police officers disprove the crude stereotypes promoted by Fanelli’s ads.

Saylor continued by cautioning that Florida Muslims could become victims of discrimination or even hate crimes, as these political advertisements could well inspire anti-Islam hostility.

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