Update for Bluestem:
CAIR-MN contacted 20 police departments near Little Falls today and asked them to make an informed decision on an invitation to an event featuring anti-Muslim activist Brigette Gabriel. CAIR-MN has received a positive response and assurance from law enforcement that they will not attend the anti-Muslim event.
In the July 29, 2013 letter, CAIR-MN wrote:
“As your police department would not, and should not, get trained by a racist or an anti-Semitic speaker, we kindly request that you apply the same standard to an anti-Muslim speaker.”
“Terrorism is a real threat to our nation and law enforcement needs to be educated about that threat. However, law enforcement and other agencies must look at the credentials and backgrounds of purported ‘experts’ before allowing their officers to be trained by them.”
CAIR-MN also distributed an “Islamophobia Backgrounder” on Gabriel and other pertinent information to law enforcement.
SEE: Islamophobia Backgrounder: ACT! for America and 'Brigitte Gabriel'
ACT! for America leader Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym “Brigitte Gabriel,” claims an American Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen" and that Islam is the "real enemy." She once told the Australian Jewish News: "Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim." She also claimed that "Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct word. . .it's the vehicle for Islam. . .Islam is the problem."
According to an exposé of the group by the Tennessean newspaper, “ACT members see themselves as warriors in a clash between Western civilization and Islam.”
Backgrounder: Anti-Islam Group Finds Fertile Ground in Nashville (Tennessean)
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Gabriel as one of the “Anti-Islam Inner Circle” and says, “She is prone to sweeping generalizations and exaggerations as she describes a grand, sophisticated Muslim conspiracy bent on world domination.”
SEE: The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle
When asked whether Americans should "resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation," Gabriel said: "Absolutely. If a Muslim who has -- who is -- a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day -- this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America."
Gabriel stated: "America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam."
SEE: Islam's March Against the West
Along with her stated desire to have Muslims barred from public office, Gabriel has also claimed that Arabs "have no soul" and that Muslims worship "something they call 'Allah,' which is very different from the God we believe [in]."
SEE: A Case Study in Sincere Hypocrisy: Brigitte Gabriel
Video: Brigitte Gabriel Says Arabs Have No Souls
A person staffing an ACT! for America information table in Florida was caught on video bragging that he desecrated the Quran, Islam's revealed text, and urinates in the washing stations Muslims use to perform their ritual ablutions (wudu) for prayer.
That person states: “Their foot baths, I love pissing in them. . .The Quran makes worthless toilet paper. It just kind of scratches my a** a little bit. . .To me, I like desecrating their [Muslims’] holy stuff.”
SEE: Person at ACT! for America Table in Fla. Brags of Desecrating Quran
According to an exposé of Gabriel and her group published in the New York Times:
“Through her books, media appearances and speeches, and her organization, ACT! for America, Ms. Gabriel has become one of the most visible personalities on a circuit of self-appointed terrorism detectors who warn that Muslims pose an enormous danger within United States borders.”
The New York Times also stated: “[Gabriel] presents a portrait of Islam so thoroughly bent on destruction and domination that it is unrecognizable to those who study or practice the religion.”
SEE: Brigitte Gabriel Draws Crowds in U.S. With Anti-Islam Message (NY Times)
Another exposé of Gabriel’s hate group published on Politico.com quoted an Arab-American activist who said: “The idea that congressional staffers would agree to meet an organization led by a woman whose agenda is pure unadulterated hatred and whose purported life story is a laughable fiction -- it’s sad.”
SEE: Anti-Islamic Groups Go Mainstream (Politico)