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Petitioning District Director for Gary Miller Steven G. Thornton and 9 others

Congressmen Miller and Royce: Denounce Calls for Violence Against Fellow Americans


Last month, a group of protestors picketed a charity event hosted by the relief wing of Islamic Circle of North America. Aiming to raise funds for local women's shelters and combat homelessness, the event featured two highly controversial speakers whose presence drew protests.

The rhetoric of the protest was exceptionally bigoted, with chants of "Muhammed was a child molestor," "why don't you go beat up your wife like you do every night," and "you beat your women and you rape your children."

The hateful insults are nothing though, compared to comments by Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, who mentioned she had a son serving in the Marines and added "I know quite a few Marines who would be happy to help these terrorists to a, uh, early meeting in paradise."

Two congressman - Gary Miller and Ed Royce - spoke at the event.

This call for members of the armed services to murder their fellow citizens is despicable, and it is unacceptable for an elected official in this country to participate in an event calling for violence against American citizens.

Call on congressman Miller and Royce to denounce such comments and apologize to the Muslim community, members of the armed services, and America at large for their participation in this event.

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Letter to
District Director for Gary Miller Steven G. Thornton
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard
Press Secretary to Gary Miller Megan McCormack
and 7 others
Chief of Staff to Ed Royce Amy Michelle Porter
Executive Director for Gary Miller Kevin D. McKee
Chief of Staff to Gary Miller John G. Rothrock
Legislative Director to Gary Miller Sandra Breitengross Bitter
Communications Director for Ed Royce Audra L. McGeorge
Legislative Director to Ed Royce Darrin W. Schrader
Representative Ken Calvert
On February 13, you spoke at a protest against the relief wing of Islamic Circle of North America's (ICNA) event in Orange County. At that event, aside from the bigoted taunts insulting Muslims, there was a fighting call for violence against American citizens when Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly commented that she had a son serving in the Marines and added, "I know quite a few Marines who would be happy to help these terrorists to a, uh, early meeting in paradise."

Congressman - as an elected official in a peaceful democracy, it is incumbent upon you to publicly reject a call for our armed forces to use violence against their fellow Americans. I call upon you to denounce such comments and apologize to the Muslim community, members of the armed services, and America at large for your participation in this event.

While two of ICNA's chosen speakers, Siraj Wahhaj and Abdel Malik Ali, are understandably controversial and draw staunch opposition, the rhetoric of the rally was disgracefully insulting to Muslim Americans and at times threatened or encouraged violence against them. It is unacceptable for an elected official in this country to participate in an event calling for violence against American citizens.

I look forward to your reply at the responses email below.

Thank you.