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‘A Fear Campaign’ Muslim condemns Myrick plan
Senator says she welcomes dialogue on anti-terrorism proposal
April 29, 2008 JIM MORRILL Charlotte Observer
A spokesman for a Charlotte-area Islamic group Monday accused U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of leading a “fear campaign” with her proposal to curb the expansion of radical Islam.
Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, proposed a 10-point “Wake Up America” plan this month that, among other things, calls for investigations into the selection of the Pentagon’s Arabic translators and some Muslim military and prison chaplains.
“Myrick’s latest attempt at fighting terrorism is nothing more than a fear campaign,” said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte. “It is nothing more than a new McCarthyism, or Myrickism. As Muslims, we have become expendable as politicians like Myrick seek political gain.”
Myrick said she wants the group to give a point-by-point rebuttal of her plan.
“I’d be glad to have a dialogue with them,” she said. “The whole point is that we’re trying to get people to work together.”
Myrick’s proposal has also drawn criticism from the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. One of her proposals was to investigate the group’s nonprofit status.
Joining Hough at a Monday news conference was Ross Overby, a Democrat hoping to challenge Myrick in the 9th District.
“There is no duty more important than securing our country,” Overby said. “I believe we build our security when we focus on intelligence and engage the world, including Muslim communities here at home and abroad.”
Hough said Overby’s primary challenger, Harry Taylor, declined to participate in the news conference.
Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059.

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