January 10, 2019
Issue: Fighting Bigotry
Muslim Advocates Comments on Tarrant County GOP Committee Vote on Removing Muslim Member
Washington, DC – Today, Scott Simpson, Public Advocacy Director of Muslim Advocates, released the following statement in advance of the Tarrant County, Texas Republican Party’s scheduled vote on whether or not to expel a Muslim member of its executive committee. Muslim Advocates recently released the Running on Hate report documenting anti-Muslim bigotry in the midterm elections:
“Tonight’s vote will be historic for the Tarrant County GOP. It will decide whether it truly believes in the religious freedom it claims to champion or if it will be a party of bigotry.
As we saw in the 2018 election, there is a better path forward for local party committees that reject bigoted conspiracy theories about American Muslims. Local GOP committees from Michigan, Minnesota, Omaha, Nebraska and party leaders in Maryland and North Dakota all condemned anti-Muslim bigotry in the mid-terms and Tarrant County can do the same.
As our Running on Hate report documented in extensive detailed polling and election mapping, peddling anti-Muslim conspiracies is a widespread losing strategy.
Vilifying American Muslims leads to greater hate crimes, violence and discrimination, and — for the good of the nation — it must stop.”
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.