Pat Robertson: No Muslim Judges: Islamic Leaders Demand Apology for ‘Hate Filled Remarks’
5/3/2005

"They have said
in the Quran there's a war against all the infidels," Robertson said.
"Do you want somebody like that sitting as a judge? I wouldn't."

The
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations Council
yesterday called on "mainstream political and religious leaders" to
repudiate the "hate-filled remarks."

"This type of hate-filled
rhetoric deserves repudiation from all who respect America's
long-standing tradition of pluralism," said Rabiah Ahmed, CAIR's
communication coordinator.

Ahmed said many Muslims already serve
with distinction in many levels of government, including judgeships at
the state and local level.

Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR's national legal director, said Robertson "has taken his far-right-wing rhetoric to absurd levels."

"He
is trying to perpetuate this notion that Islam is a monolithic entity
inherently at odds with modernity and democracy," Iftikhar said. "That
is absolutely false. ... American Muslims have long been contributing
members of American society.

Iftikhar added: "And I guarantee to
Mr. Robertson that Muslims will one day become part of the federal
bench -- whether or not he likes it."

Muslims were particularly
outraged by a 2002 appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity &
Colmes" program in which Robertson said about Islam's prophet,
Muhammad: "This man was an absolute wild-eyed fanatic. He was a robber
and a brigand. And to say that these terrorists distort Islam, they're
carrying out Islam. ... I mean, this man (Muhammad) was a killer. And
to think that this is a peaceful religion is fraudulent."

Robertson also called Islam "a monumental scam" and claimed the Quran "is strictly a theft of Jewish theology."

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