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Open Letter to Brevard County Commissioners on Brigitte Gabriel's ACT for America Presentation at County's Government Center

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March 27, 2019

 

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Commissioners Kristine Isnardi (Chair), Bryan Lober (Vice Chair),  Rita Pritchett, John Tobia, Curt Smith

Brevard County Board of County Commissioners

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Viera, Florida  32940

 

Dear Commissioners Isnardi, Lober, Pirtchett, Tobia, and Smith:

Peace be with you.

On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, I want to call your attention to an event planned for tomorrow night, March 28th, at the Brevard County Government Complex. The event, ‘The Rise in Defense of Freedom Nationwide Tour’, is presented by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America (ACT)’s director, Brigitte Gabriel. We are concerned that ACT seeks to use the Brevard County Government Complex as a platform to legitimize and spread its hateful agenda.

ACT for America founder and President Brigitte Gabriel believes that “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She also argues that “…every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” that a Muslim “…cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “…have no soul.” The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a U.S. veterans group, refers to Gabriel as “pathologically bigoted."

We kindly request that you kindly:

  1. Disassociate from ACT in the same way you would from any other hate group (KKK or neo-Nazi).
  2. Become familiar with ACT's status as an anti-Muslim hate group.
  3. Refuse Brevard County’s Government Complex as a venue for such event.
  4. Refuse attendance by any government elected officials to attend such bigoted events with ACT for America director or staff.
  5. Be aware of its hateful agenda should your staff members come in contact with or meet with an ACT representative or delegation in the future.

Founded in 2007, ACT for America is an anti-Muslim hate group whose “…members see themselves as warriors in a clash between Western civilization and Islam,” according to The Tennessean. ACT is an integral part of the anti-Muslim hate network in the United States and supports anti-Muslim legislation and the unequal treatment of American Muslims.

ACT is linked to white supremacist and anti-government groups such as the Oath Keepers, Identity Evropa, and Vanguard America. ACT hosted these groups at sanctioned anti-Islam rallies in 2017. The collaboration of these hate groups threatens the very safety and security of the American Muslim community and those perceived to be Muslim. The FBI in 2015 warned that “militia extremists” may begin targeting Muslim institutions, including Mosques and community centers.

 An ACT email attributed to Gabriel discusses, “Islam and its threat to our country and our values.” This contradicts the group’s public assertion that it “…has never, and will never, tolerate any bias.” ACT-sanctioned rallies further contradict this policy by promoting material claiming, “There has been a ban on Islam since 1952,” and by statements that include allegations that Muslims condone bestiality and that they support banning Muslim immigrants to the U.S.

As members of the Brevard County Commission, ACT seeks to use your office and your positions to provide itself with a legitimate platform and to further promote their hateful agenda to discriminate against the American Muslim community.

To demonstrate these concerns, highlighted below are several examples of hateful statements made by ACT’s leader Brigitte Gabriel:

In 2006, Gabriel said, “America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam.”

When asked whether Americans should "resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation," Gabriel said: "Absolutely. If a Muslim who has—who is —a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day—this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.”

Along with her stated desire to have Muslims barred from public office, Gabriel has also claimed that Muslims worship, "…something they call 'Allah,' which is very different from the God we believe [in]."

In June 2014, Gabriel connected Muslims with Nazis and called peaceful Muslims irrelevant.

We hope that you are all better aware now of ACT’s national role in spreading anti-Muslim hate and is wary of its hateful agenda.

At a time when CAIR has tracked a more violent tone in current anti-Muslim rhetoric, we implore you to distance yourself from ACT and other anti-Muslim hate groups.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. I would be happy to respond to any questions your office may have about anti-Muslim hate groups like ACT.

Sincerely,

 

Wilfredo A. Ruiz (signed)

CAIR-Florida Communications Director