Monday, August 06, 2007

ADC Condemns Tom Tancredo's continued racist hatred

ADC Press Release:
ADC Condemns Comments from Congressman Tancredo

Washington, DC | August 3, 2007 | | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is shocked and appalled by recent comments made by Republican presidential candidate Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado. While speaking to a group of voters in Iowa, Tancredo said "If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland…would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina; that is the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they would otherwise do. If I am wrong, fine, tell me, and I would be happy to do something else. But you had better find a deterrent, or you will find an attack."

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Congressman Tancredo has made such ignorant and hate-filled remarks. On a radio show in 2005, Tancredo suggested dropping nuclear bombs on the holy city of Mecca in retaliation for any terrorist attack directed against the homeland of the United States.

Tancredo's comments serve only to encourage hatred towards Muslims of all ethnic backgrounds. His views are not shared by the US government; Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey of the State Department called Tancredo's recent comments "reprehensible" and "absolutely crazy".

ADC asks our members to contact Congressman Tancredo concerning his remarks.

Washington Office:
1131 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0606
Phone: (202) 225-7882
Fax: (202) 226-4623

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6099 South Quebec St., Ste. 200
Centennial, CO 80111
Phone: (720) 283-9772
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NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab-American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to combat racial stereotyping and to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, including chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.

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