(ATLANTA, GA, 8/8/2022) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today condemned the Gwinnett County GOP for hosting anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Trevor Loudon at the party’s August 6, breakfast event, titled “The War Against the West.”
Trevor Loudon is a virulently anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant conspiracy theorist from New Zealand who believes that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. He also claims that the deadly Charlottesville rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists was in fact planned by left-wing communists.
Tickets to the event, hosted at the Gwinnett County GOP’s headquarters, cost $15. The web page for the event hails Loudon as a “wonderful speaker, passionate about winning the multi-generational war being waged against Western Civilization by the Cultural Marxists.”
Gwinnett County is the most diverse county in the Southeast and the second most populous county in Georgia. The county also boasts a sizeable Muslim population and is home to more than 20 mosques and Muslim religious centers.
Javeria Jamil, Legal and Policy Director for CAIR-Georgia said in a statement:
“It is disheartening to see the Gwinnett County GOP pander to bigots and white nationalists by hosting an event whose title and speaker go against the essence of everything that makes Gwinnett County beautiful.
“Hosting a known anti-Muslim speaker is particularly disturbing given that many Georgia Muslims vote for and donate to the Georgia GOP. In fact, there is a Muslim candidate running for office in Gwinnett County on a GOP platform this year. Hosting Trevor Loudon sends a signal to Georgia Muslims that the Gwinnett County GOP supports foreign anti-Muslim activists and interest groups over local Gwinnett County Muslim residents and voters.”
She noted that CAIR’s condemnation comes as law enforcement authorities are searching for the perpetrators of a series of deadly shootings in New Mexico targeting Muslims.
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CAIR-Georgia’s mission is to protect civil rights, promote justice, empower American Muslims, and enhance the understanding of Islam.
CONTACT: Javeria Jamil, Legal and Policy Director CAIR-Georgia, [email protected]