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Urge Republicans To Repudiate Tancredo's 'Bomb Mecca' Remark

July 21, 2005

ACTION REQUESTED:

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/21/2005) - CAIR today called on all people of conscience to contact Colorado and national and Republican Party leaders and urge them to repudiate Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) remarks suggesting that America could bomb Mecca.

Tancredo made the remarks during an interview on a Florida radio talk show last Thursday during a discussion of what should be done in response to an attack on this country by "extremist fundamentalist Muslims." Tancredo said one possible response would be to "take out their holy sites." When Campbell asked if the congressman was "talking about bombing Mecca," Tancredo replied, "Yeah." Despite condemnation of those remarks by Muslim in this country and worldwide, Tancredo has refused to apologize.

"While the rest of America seeks to win the war on terror, isolate extremists and improve our nation's international image, Rep. Tancredo is busy handing rhetorical ammunition to those who would do us harm," said CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor.

SEE: "Muslims Keep Up Criticism of Tancredo":
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/20/AR2005072001699.html

Saylor urged the Republican Party and its leadership to clearly distance America and the GOP from Tancredo's inflammatory and irresponsible remarks. Yesterday, CAIR sent letters to President Bush and to the chairmen of the national and Colorado Republican Parties asking that they repudiate Tancredo's remark.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE .)

1) Contact the Republican Party and urge them to publicly repudiate Tancredo's remarks.

Mr. Ken Mehlman
Chairman
Republican National Committee
Phone: (202)863-8500
Fax: (202)863-8820
E-Mail: info@gop.com

Mr. Bob Martinez
State Chair
Colorado Republican Party
Phone: (303)758-3333
Fax: (303)753-4611
E-Mail: BobMartinez@coloGOP.org

President George W. Bush
E-Mail: president@whitehouse.gov
Phone: 202-456-1111

2) Contact Representative Tancredo and insist that he apologize for his remarks Washington Office: Phone: (202) 225-7882 Fax: (202) 226-4623

Main District Office: Phone: (720) 283-9772 Fax: (720) 283-9776

3) Copy all correspondence to: cair@cair-net.org


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