ADL Condemns Congressman Tancredo's Repeated Anti-Muslim Threats
Denver, August 3, 2007 – Responding to reports that Rep. Tom Tancredo repeated his 2005 threat to blow up Muslim Holy sites in the event of a nuclear attack on America by Islamic extremists, the Anti-Defamation League again criticized his comments, calling them "outrageous, inflammatory and un-American."
ADL Mountain States Regional Office issued the following statement:
Representative Tom Tancredo's comments threatening to blow up Muslim holy sites in the event America suffers a nuclear attack by Muslim extremists are outrageous, inflammatory and un-American. Although the threat of Islamist extremist terrorism is real, Rep. Tancredo should know that extremists come in all faiths, and do not reflect the values and beliefs of the vast majority of the members of the religious groups to which they belong.
The Congressman's inflammatory comments do nothing to advance America's role in the world as the leading voice for religious freedom and should be soundly condemned. ADL will continue to speak out against anti-Muslim rhetoric, which has no place in our democratic country, especially by political leaders.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.