January 7, 2020
Issue: Fighting Bigotry
Muslim Advocates Statement on Anti-Muslim NRA Board Member
WASHINGTON, DC — The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates Special Counsel for Anti-Muslim Bigotry Madihha Ahussain on Anthony Colandro, a current National Rifle Association board member with a long and public record of making anti-Muslim statements and spreading false, harmful stereotypes:
“It’s a disgrace that Anthony Colandro is allowed to sit on the NRA’s board of directors after referring to Muslims as ‘cockroaches,’ calling Islam ‘a parasitic cult’ and deploying other false smears to dehumanize us. He must resign today—and if he doesn’t, the NRA must take steps to remove him from his position during this week’s annual winter board meeting. Colandro’s comments are exactly the type of rhetoric that leads to violence against Muslims.”
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.