(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/11/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today called on the Republican Party in that state to drop its sponsorship of an upcoming event featuring anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo, who recently had a restraining order issued against him following allegations that he assaulted a Minnesota sheriff.
On Thursday evening, the Pottawattamie County Republican Party is co-sponsoring an event with Guandolo at the Oakland Community Center in Oakland, Iowa.
Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev. In a statement, Stanek’s office said: “The Hennepin County District Court has issued a Harassment Restraining Order against Guandolo.” A criminal investigation is reportedly being conducted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada.
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“The Republican Party’s sponsorship of a notorious Islamophobe who is accused of assaulting a public official sends a negative message to Iowa Muslims and to our state’s law enforcement community,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.
She said CAIR recently welcomed a decision by the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, Ariz., that a May “training” by Guandolo will be the “last time” for such an event.
Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:
CAIR recently said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:
CAIR’s profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America “is at war with Islam” and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are “preparing for combat.” Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House “have been co-opted by the bad guys.”
Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because “people who are still sane” are “having to make very difficult decisions.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat
Last year, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.
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In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.
Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.
Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.
Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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