Ahmed Rehab [“Discrimination fails us all,” letters, Dec. 4] of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Chicago, attacked Rep. Mark Kirk and the Sun-Times for endorsing Kirk’s idea that we can make America safer by profiling people at airports who physically resemble the 19 murderers who killed 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001.
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) believes peace activists from Egypt should be greeted at O’Hare Airport with a hefty dose of institutionalized discrimination. Their offense? Being of the same age group and national origin as Mohamed Atta. “I’m OK with discrimination against young Arab males from terrorist-producing states,” says Kirk.
In a response to an editorial published in Glenview Watch criticizing Rep. Mark Kirk’s calls to “discriminate” against Arab males, a reader writes, “You can always use the example of Oklahoma City to show that it’s ‘just not fair to profile Arab men.’ But it’s not white males who are doing most of the terrorist attacks in the world!”
The Chicago chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will join the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in holding a downtown press conference tomorrow to discuss action against Congressman Mark Kirk’s recent nod to discrimination against Arabs.
The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) announced today that the coalition of diverse Chicagoland-based organizations condemning congressman Kirk’s anti-Arab remarks have grown to 30.
More than two weeks have passed since Congressman Mark Kirk made the troubling statements that bring us here today. We want Congressman Kirk to know that we are not OK with discrimination on the basis of national origin or religion, just as we are not on the basis of race or gender.
In his effort to justify ethnic and racial profiling, Steve Haisley claims that it is the same as a crime victim giving the police a description of an 18 year-old African-American and then expecting “the authorities to focus their investigation on 60-year-old white men” (“Like it or not, Kirk comments are true,” Nov. 20).
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill., 11/18/05) – At the same time that Congressman Mark Kirk stays defiant on explaining or apologizing to his constituents over the bigoted comments he made about the Arab and Muslim communities, strong deference to the many adherents to the Muslim faith in Illinois is being paid by State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) who recently introduced a measure to recognize October as the holy month of Ramadan in Illinois.
On Nov. 5 Congressman Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) spoke at the 2005 International Institute for Nanotechnology Symposium taking place at the Technological Institute. Although the purpose of this conference was to highlight recent advances in the field of nanotechnology, Kirk’s remarks included calling for discrimination against Arabs.
Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) believes peace activists from Egypt should be greeted at O’Hare airport with a hefty doze of institutionalized discrimination.
Their offense? Being of the same age group and national origin as Mohamed Atta.
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