Media Advisory: IL Groups to Protest Candidate’s Islamophobic Remarks

(CHICAGO, IL, 9/30/04) – On Friday, October 1, 2004, representatives of Chicago-area interfaith, Latino, Asian, and immigrant organizations will hold a news conference at the Downtown Islamic Center to protest what the groups say is “hate-filled” rhetoric about Muslims by Illinois Republican congressional candidate Kurt Eckhardt.

Media reports quote Eckhardt as saying he distrusted Islam “for years” and supports planting human monitors in mosques to track the activity of those practicing the religion there. Eckhardt added that acts of terror and violence are not “aberrational behavior” by violent extremists, but are part of the general culture of Islam. SEE: “Muslims Condemn Candidate’s Comments”

WHAT: News Conference Protesting Islamophobic Remarks by Kurt Eckhardt

WHEN: Friday, October 1, 2004, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State Street, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL

“As reported, these disturbing remarks reflect a lack of understanding about Islam and Muslims,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Yaser Tabbara. “Such inflammatory comments create unnecessary divisions among Americans.”

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Yaser Tabbara, 312-718-3725, 312-212-1520