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Good News Alert: CAIR Applauds Iowa GOP for Stance on Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Who Allegedly Assaulted Minn. Sheriff

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today applauded a statement from that state’s Republican Party distancing itself from 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, media reports indicated that the Pottawattamie County Republican Party is co-sponsoring an event with Guandolo at the Oakland Community Center in Oakland, Iowa.

SEE: Understanding Islamic Terrorism Event Coming to Oakland

Subsequent reports indicate that Guandolo’s appearance was promoted by one party member, but was rejected by county GOP officials, who voted against sponsoring the Islamophobic event. A Republican Party of Iowa spokesperson said: "The Iowa GOP is not sponsoring, hosting, or otherwise participating in the event, and for anyone to claim to the contrary is demonstrably false.”

SEE: County GOP Chair Invites Speaker on Muslim Terrorism; Fellow Republicans Object

“We applaud the Republican Party of Iowa for its stance on this issue and welcome the vote against Guandolo’s Islamophobic event by county GOP officials,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.

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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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.

CAIR Good News Alert: Arizona Police Department Says ‘Last Time’ for Training by Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo

Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:

  • U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
  • the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”
  • when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”
  • former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
  • Muslims are “obligated” to lie,
  • Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America,
  • it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).

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.”

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CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo

Video: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret Muslim

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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.

SEE: Texas College Cancels Controversial Law Enforcement Training Event Led by 'Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist'

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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.

SEE: FBI Withdraws from Texas Event Initially Sponsored by Hate Group and Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist

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.

SEE: Virginia Agency Pulls Accreditation for Anti-Muslim Training    

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.

SEE: Kansas Sheriff Won't Partner on Training by John Guandolo    

A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.

CAIR: Arizona Police Departments Drop Out of Islamophobic Training  

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.”

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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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CONTACT: CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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