CAIR calls on GOP leaders to repudiate "terrorist" profiling ad
I reported here the other day that Dan Fanelli, a Florida Republican who's hoping to take on Dem Rep. Alan Grayson, ran a stark, racially charged ad that seemed to strongly endorse racial profiling of people from Muslim countries.
The spot showed Fanelli standing between a white guy and a swarthy fellow, asking: "Does this look like a terrorist? Or this?"
Now the story has a shot at getting a bit more attention: The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on national Republican leaders to repudiate the ad. From their release:
"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."
Saylor said a number of recent terror incidents -- including 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.
He said the anti-Islam hostility generated by the ads could result in ordinary Florida Muslims being targets for discrimination or even hate crimes.
I don't know if this will get the national media to pick up on the ad or not. But I do know what Fanelli's pushback to CAIR will be: As he told me the other day, he thinks people from certain Muslim countries should want to be profiled, for their own safety.
Also: The guy who played the "terrorist" in the ad, a Muslim who lives in the United States, agrees with him.
May 7, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories: Foreign policy and national security , House GOPers
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