Political Influence Operation
Date: January 28, 2010
In a January 28, 2010 article on AlterNet.org, CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor was quoted as condemning specific congressmen and their legislation. In response to the Stop Terrorists Entry Program (STEP) Act introduced by Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC), Saylor said, “That people even consider dropping those pieces of legislation is pretty troubling.”
Saylor went on to say that the alliances formed by members of Congress like Barrett with members of the “anti-Muslim right” are far more dangerous. “It’s less the legislation and more the legitimacy that’s offered to some of the anti-Muslim bigots by members of Congress,” he said.
Saylor cited the example of Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) for allowing lawyer David Yerushalmi to testify at a hearing on Capitol Hill. “This man has the right to free speech, he has the right to believe what he believes,” says Saylor. “But he gets legitimized because someone like Paul Broun invites him to Capitol Hill and gives him a platform … That allows him to go out and push his hate speech.”