CAIR Urges Trump to Drop Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Gaffney From Transition Team

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Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., president and CEO of Center for Security Policy, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, during a hearing on national security implications of the possible merger of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation with Unocal Corporation, Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., president and CEO of Center for Security Policy, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON  (IINA) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), called, in a letter seen by the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), on President-Elect Donald Trump to drop anti-Islam conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney as an adviser on national security for his transition team. (#DropGaffney)

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified Gaffney as an anti-Muslim extremist and his Center for Security Policy (CSP) as a hate group.

According to the SPLC, CSP is “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”
Of Gaffney himself, the SPLC says he is “gripped by paranoid fantasies about Muslims destroying the West from within, suspicious that Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya, and a proponent of a new version of the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee to root out suspected Muslim subversives.”

“Discredited conspiracy theorists like Frank Gaffney should not come within 100 miles of any administration that seeks to maintain credibility on the world stage or to uphold longstanding American values of religious diversity and inclusion,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “With these kinds of associations, President-elect Trump is dividing America at a time when we are most in need of unity.”

Gaffney is a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who has claimed that “most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be, as a matter of fact, hostile to the United States and its Constitution.”

He is a key promoter of the bizarre conspiracy theory that Muslims in public service are infiltrating the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gaffney has questioned “whether Obama is a natural-born citizen of the United States,” and claimed the Missile Defense Agency logo is part of a “worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam.” He also claimed an aide to Hillary Clinton was a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative, and was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Tennessee mosque. Gaffney promoted the debunked claim that Dearborn, Mich., is a “ghetto enclave in which it’s Muslim-only,” besides hosting “white supremacist” Jared Taylor on his “Secure Freedom” radio program.

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, cited Gaffney in his anti-Muslim manifesto. Gaffney’s staff attorney, David Yerushalmi, has advocated outlawing the practice of Islam in America and is the key promoter of anti-Islam bills in state legislatures nationwide.
When leading GOP presidential candidate, Trump proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the US and quoted from a sham survey commissioned by Gaffney’s organization.

Earlier this week, CAIR decried the appointment of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and White nationalist “alt-right” extremist Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Trump. Bannon hosted Gaffney on his Sirius XM radio show “Breitbart News Daily” 29 times.

CAIR, the Washington-based largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in US, is monitoring a troubling spike in anti-Muslim and racist incidents since the November 8 election.

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