Louisiana State (IINA) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on a Louisiana district attorney’s office to cancel a training next week offered by notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo.
Guandolo is scheduled to offer his training during a three-day law enforcement program in Alexandria City in Louisiana hosted by the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.
No government agency or office should misuse taxpayer dollars to sponsor biased training by a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that tracks hate groups in America, describes Guandolo as “a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S. government.
According to the SPLC, Guandolo works in close collaboration with ACT! for America, the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the country. ACT for America’s anti-Muslim bigotry was highlighted recently in a Washington Post expose.
Last year, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.
In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.
Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.
A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.
A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s training.
Source: International Islamic News Agency