The leader of a Washington, DC-based organization that advocates for a strong national defense is accusing a Muslim advocacy group of attempting to stifle its conservative message – and a public relations outlet of playing a role in that.
Prior to ACT for America's recent national conference dinner gala, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement that:
(1) Criticized the dinner's honoree (Thomas Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for appearing at what CAIR described as a "hate event"; and
(2) Described the host group as "a notorious anti-Muslim hate group" with "growing ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate organizations that exhibits the same bigoted themes as seen at the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally."
Brigitte Gabriel is founder and president of ACT for America, and author of Rise: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom. She says CAIR – which describes itself as the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization – is well-funded.
"And when you have money you are able to buy advertisement, you are able to spend money on conferences, you are able to spend money on lobbying, you are able to spend money promoting press releases and your image – and that's exactly what they did," she tells OneNewsNow.
According to Gabriel, certain media outlets are stifling her criticism of CAIR – specifically, she cites a press release from her organization last month.
"We wanted to put out a press release about the compound in New Mexico – and PR Newswire refused to put out our press release because we talked about CAIR in that press release," she explains. "They basically turned us down."
That press release, which appears on ACT for America's website, describes CAIR as an "unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist financing trial in world history, as well as a designated terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates."
Gabriel continues: "Yet a week later, [PR Newswire] had no problem sending a press release out from CAIR discriminating against conservative voices like ours, and organizations like CAIR getting their voices out to the media."
According to Gabriel, CAIR is an organization that has no respect for the U.S. Constitution and the rights it affords every citizen – and she says her group has and will continue to defend the rights of all Americans to voice their opinions freely.