If Democrats fail to field a gubernatorial candidate, I’d like to believe that I could choose Marty Jackley’s executive experience over Kristi Noem’s persistent substanceless imagism. But there goes Jackley attending an anti-Islam hate fest in Rapid City:
A group that one expert called the “KKK for Muslims” hosted a two-hour presentation in Rapid City last weekend about the history of Islam.
ACT for America, a national organization categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the “largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America,” held the event Saturday at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in front of around 250 people.
South Dakota Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Jackley was in attendance, but his office declined to comment when reached after the event.
Following the presentation, the Rev. Craig Moore of First Assembly of God told the audience that Secretary of State Shantel Krebs was also present. Krebs’ office did not respond to multiple requests for comment [Mike Anderson, “Anti-Muslim Group Gives Presentation in Rapid City,” Rapid City Journal, 2017.05.06].
Shantel? You, too? Dang!
Jackley is running for Governor; Krebs is running for U.S. House. I would like to think they are more rational and respectful than to attend these hate fests… but such are the depths of un-American indignity to which one must stoop when facing a rabid Republican primary electorate.
CAIR offers this background information on ACT for America:
ACT for America is a virulently anti-Muslim hate group headed by Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym “Brigitte Gabriel.” “Gabriel” has stated that an American Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen” and that Islam is the “real enemy.” She once told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim.” When asked whether Americans should “resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” Tudor said, “Absolutely.”
- CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Brigitte Gabriel (ACT for America)
- CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT for America
Her hate group’s anti-Muslim bigotry was highlighted recently in a Washington Post exposé.
A member of ACT for America allegedly attended a recent meeting in North Carolina at which the killing of Muslims was reportedly suggested.
SEE: CAIR Calls on Feds to Probe Call to Violence Against U.S. Muslims at N.C. Meeting of Hate Groups [Council on American-Islamic Relations, press release, 2017.05.06].
Mr. Attorney General, Madame Secretary of State, please don’t grace any more of these hate meetings with your presence. But if you do, at least have the decency and integrity to speak up about the meetings, tell us what you think of what you heard… and offer the people you serve—who include thousands of Muslims, immigrants, and others demonized by ACT for America—your assurance that you will not be swayed by such hateful propaganda.