CAIR-NY calls Governor’s statement on Muslims “grossly misinformed”

by associate editor on August 27, 2010

in 2010,IO - Elected Officials,IO - State/Local Government,New York

Political Influence Operation

Date: August 27, 2010


According to CBS New York, Gov. Paterson said: “This group who has put this mosque together, they are known as the Suffi Muslims. This is not like the Shiites,” Paterson said. “They’re almost like a hybrid, almost westernized. They are not really what I would classify in the sort of mainland Muslim practice.”

CAIR responded with the following:

“Governor Paterson’s comments are grossly misinformed and will be used to support the false notion that mainstream Muslims are somehow incapable of being productive citizens,” said CAIR-NY’s Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali. “Responsible leaders should refrain from mainstreaming misinformation about Islam and instead reach out to the Muslim community and its leaders. Of particular concern is the governor’s derogatory description of Shia Muslims.”


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