The Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is urging President-elect Donald Trump to cut ties with Rev Graham before Friday.
Earlier this week, CAIR published a memo stating they want Trump to cancel Rev. Franklin Graham’s appearance at the inauguration.
According to CAIR, Graham is an “Islamophobe” who has called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion” and believes the religion is incompatible with “American values.” They say Rev. Graham believes the Quran preaches violence. Graham is expected to lead prayers amongst attendants at the inaugural ceremony.
CAIR’s National Executive Director, Nihad Awad, released the following statement:
“If President-elect Trump truly seeks to unite our nation as he promised in his acceptance speech, he will limit the list of those offering prayers at the inauguration to religious leaders who work to bring us together, not to create divisions between faiths. Rev. Graham’s ill-informed and extremist views are incompatible with the Constitution and with American values of religious liberty and inclusion.”
CAIR as an organization is embroiled in controversy, considering various members of the organization have been confirmed in some capacity to have links or ties to terrorist organizations, such as Hamas.
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