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LOCAL News :: Civil & Human Rights

Ask Congressman Goode to Publicly Retract his Racist Remarks on Muslims and Immigrants

Washington, DC | December 22, 2006| This week a controversial letter from Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode was released to the press. In his letter to constituents, Goode expressed his opposition to using the Koran during an unofficial and optional swearing-in ceremony for the nation's first elected Muslim congressman, Member-Elect Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Goode also expressed his, "fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped."
This type of racist and Islamophobic remarks have no place in our diverse democratic nation. In a letter to Congressman Goode, ADC called upon the congressman to immediately, and publicly, retract his racist and ignorant remarks regarding Congressman Ellison, Muslim-Americans and immigrants. And in a letter from Goode's congressional colleague, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell, stated his disappointment and alarm at Goode's ethnically offensive remarks.

Act Now!

Join ADC in demanding Congressman Goode publicly retract his racist remarks about Muslim-Americans, Congressman Ellison and immigrants.

If you are constituent in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District, you can email Congressman Goode by entering your zip code at:
www.house.gov/writerep/

Non-constituents can reach Congressman Goode by phoning or faxing his Washington office at Phone: 202-225-4711 and Fax: 202-225-5681.

Also, please be sure to thank New Jersey Congressman Pascrell for his letter to Goode. New Jersey constituents in the Eighth Congressional district can contact him via the feedback form at:
pascrell.house.gov/feedback.cfm

Non-constituents may contact Pascrell’s Washington office to thank him by phoning 202-225-5751 or faxing him at 202-225-5782.

Sample Talking Points:

-I am contacting you to express my opposition to your racist remarks regarding Muslim-Americans, Congressman Keith Ellison, and immigrants.

-Your comments fail to uphold this Nation’s founding principles of acceptance, tolerance and religious freedom.

-As a Member of Congress, you represent a diversity of Virginians, including Muslims. Your votes and public statements affect a variety of people across this country. Hate speech from congressional leaders will only alienate minorities and increase hate crimes.

Resources:
Read the full text of Congressman Goode's letter to his constituent
www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/goode-letter/

Read ADC's letter to Congressman Goode:
www.adc.org/PDF/Cong_Goode.pdf

Read New Jersey Congressman Pascrell's letter to Goode:
pascrell.house.gov/issues2.cfm?id=12372

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