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Jul 21, 2015 7:21 PM

Islamic group calls for 2016 candidate boycott of Bedford forum


CONCORD – A national Islamic group urges 2016 Republican candidates to boycott a national security summit in Bedford Saturday. NH1 News looks inside the controversy over the sponsoring group that brings out passionate views on both sides.

The Center for Security Policy is sponsoring the summit.

So far, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and ex-Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum have confirmed they will be there.

The Council for Islamic Relations calls the center an anti-Islamic hate group that’s launched false charges about Islamic extremists infiltrating government and education.

"So any time you have a hate group inviting possible presidential candidates to a forum that’s a concern,’’ said Robert McCaw, director of government affairs for the Washington-based Islamic council.

Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney has been outspoken about mosques and other institutions training future extremists.

"We know from Minnesota to Texas from to Boston many of them have been growing up incubating if you will mosques in this country,’’ Gaffney said July 13 at the group’s western summit.

McCaw says most candidates have turned down the invitation to speak before this group but the three planning to be in Bedford have gone to other events.

"They have already pandered to the anti-Muslim crowd, they are lowering themselves to seek some additional votes,’’ he continued.

"But Center for Security Policy spokesman Alex Vanness said of the Islamic Council it is ``tied to the terrorist group Hamas and is a well-known apologist for the actions of jihadist terrorists.’’


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