The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest to withdraw from headlining an event featuring several figures known for controversial anti-Islamic remarks.
Forest headlining such an event sends a dangerous message, said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
“By sharing the stage with anti-Muslim speakers, the lieutenant governor would legitimize the bigoted views espoused by the speakers and delegitimize the Republican Party’s claim of supporting religious freedom for all,” McCaw said. “Lieutenant Governor Forest should immediately withdraw from this event and reaffirm his commitment to representing all North Carolinians regardless of faith or background.”
The group, which bills itself as the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is responding to Forest’s top billing at the The American Renewal Project’s “North Carolina Renewal Project” event. The event takes place next week, Oct. 3-4, at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel.
Policy Watch first reported on the event and the group behind it earlier this month.
In a press release Wednesday, CAIR outlined its objections.
“Other scheduled speakers include William Federer, who spreads Islamophobic conspiracy theories about an alleged Islamic takeover of Europe and the United States, and E.W. Williams who, after the election of two Muslim women to Congress, stated, ‘The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic,’” the group wrote.
In interviews, Federer has warned of an eventual Islamic takeover of Europe and the U.S. of which he said the LGBTQ rights movement is a first step.
“The whole atheist-homosexual-gay-agenda movement, that’s a temporary thing,” Federer said. “That’s simply a detaching phase to get us away from our past to move into an Islamic future.”
In starkly religious and racial terms, Federer warned of the United States following what he sees as a pattern of Europeans being out-bred, outnumbered and victimized by Muslims in Europe.
“Ten years ago there were three mosques in Germany, today there’s over 200,” Federer said. “The number one name for newborns in London, Milan, Brussels is Mohammad. The number one crime in Norway, Sweden and Denmark is rape – Muslim immigrant men raping European women. In other words Europe went from a Judeo-Christian past and then they backslid into a secular neutral a
nd now they’re having an Islamic future.”
Forest has not responded to requests for comment from Policy Watch.
Policy Watch has reached out to the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel and its corporate parent, Marriott International, about its hosting of the event. They have yet to respond.
Policy Watch will be publishing a follow-up on this developing story Thursday morning.