WASHINGTON – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation, welcomed the rejection of Islamophobic candidates by voters nationwide. In Florida, Republican Congressman Allen West, who claims Islam is not a religion but is instead a “totalitarian theocratic political ideology” that is a “very vile and very vicious enemy,” was defeated by a narrow margin.
Also in Florida, State Representative Adam Hasner, also a Republican was defeated in his bid for Congress. Hasner once co-hosted an event featuring Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders that was also sponsored by Anti-Muslim hate group leader Pamela Geller. In 2009, Hasner attempted to block a “Florida Muslim Capitol Day.” In 2007, he sponsored a screening of the anti-Muslim film “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” for state legislators.
A third Florida anti-Muslim candidate, Terry Kemple, lost his bid for the Hillsborough County School Board. Kemple’s main issue in the race was seeking to keep Muslim speakers out of local schools.
In Illinois, Republican Congressman Joe Walsh was defeated in his re-election bid. Earlier this year, when a town hall meeting attendee told him that he was “looking for some godly men and women in the Senate, in the Congress, who will stand in the face of the danger of Islam.”