(10/26/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today delivered a lecture on Islamophobia to students at Emory University.
During the lecture, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell discussed the origins of anti-Muslim bigotry and as well as long-term solutions to the phenomenon.
"We thank Emory University for welcoming us to visit and discuss the complex and important issue," Mitchell said. "Indeed, the origins and effects of anti-Muslim bigotry are worthy of study at the academic level."
Mitchell attributed anti-Muslim bigotry, commonly known as "Islamophobia," to a concerted effort by radical rightwing activisits who make millions of dollars annually by spreading conspiracy theories about American Muslims. Mitchell also faulted Muslim extremists overseas whose violence gives
"Mainstream Muslims are fighting a two-front information war against anti-Muslim bigots here at home and Muslim extremists overseas," Mitchell said. "God willing, we will win this struggle by engaging in interfaith dialogue, countering extremist propaganda, standing up for our civil rights, and holding onto our faith."