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US Muslim Brotherhood Group Congratulates Biden, Calls For Civil Rights Reforms

November 15th, 2020 12:59

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) has issued a state­ment con­grat­u­lat­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic Pres­i­dent-elect Joe Biden on his vic­to­ry, vow­ing to hold the Biden Admin­is­tra­tion account­able on Mus­lim inclu­sion and civ­il rights issues. Accord­ing to the state­ment by CAIR exec­u­tive direc­tor Nihad Awad:

CAIR con­grat­u­lates Pres­i­dent-Elect Joe Biden on his elec­toral vic­to­ry, and for build­ing an inclu­sive elec­tion cam­paign focused on the uni­ty of our nation. “Pres­i­dent-elect Biden has pledged to end the Mus­lim Ban on his first day in office, include Mus­lims at every lev­el of his admin­is­tra­tion and address issues of racial and reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion. “We plan to join oth­er Amer­i­can Mus­lim lead­ers and orga­ni­za­tions in ensur­ing that the Biden admin­is­tra­tion ful­fills these promis­es. We also plan to con­tin­ue hold­ing our gov­ern­ment account­able when it errs.”

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CAIR also called on Con­gress and the Pres­i­dent-elect to enact and imple­ment sev­er­al civ­il rights reforms, includ­ing end­ing “dis­crim­i­na­to­ry” immi­gra­tion and vet­ting poli­cies and allow­ing greater cap­i­tal access for faith-based com­mu­ni­ties to mit­i­gate the COVID-19 cri­sis. CAIR fur­ther said it urged the Biden Admin­is­tra­tion to defund anti-rad­i­cal­iza­tion ini­tia­tives, includ­ing the Tar­get­ed Vio­lence and Ter­ror­ism Pre­ven­tion Grant Pro­gram (TVTP), which it accused of hav­ing an anti-Mus­lim bias.

Recent Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ing on CAIR and the US elec­tions has included:

  • A report that a 27-year-old CAIR state chap­ter board mem­ber has been elect­ed to the Okla­homa state legislature.
  • report that CAIR was part of a coali­tion of Mus­lim and Arab groups tied to the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood that launched a vot­er reg­is­tra­tion dri­ve head­ed by indi­vid­u­als strong­ly opposed to Don­ald Trump.
  • report that CAIR was part of a group of Amer­i­can Mus­lim advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tions tied to the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood that con­duct­ed a pre-elec­tion “Mus­lims In Amer­i­ca Pol­i­cy Poll,” sur­vey­ing 1,500 peo­ple in 45 states who were asked to pri­or­i­tize pol­i­cy issues.
  • A report that Cal­i­for­nia Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty offi­cials work­ing for CAIR had authored an elec­tion vot­ing guide pos­i­tive­ly rat­ing votes by Demo­c­rat law­mak­ers, includ­ing Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Kamala Har­ris, who ear­li­er had sent let­ters of sup­port to CAIR.

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) is part of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, a transna­tion­al Islamist net­work cov­ered by the GIOR. It describes itself as “a grass­roots civ­il rights and advo­ca­cy group” and “America’s largest Islam­ic civ­il lib­er­ties group.” It was found­ed in 1994 by three offi­cers of the Islam­ic Asso­ci­a­tion of Pales­tine, part of the U.S. Hamas infra­struc­ture at that time.

For more on CAIR, go here.