[Ed. – The American people are the best “Islamophobia” envoys. Even in a time of social division, animus against Muslims is comparatively low in the U.S. This smells much more like trying to make political Islam a protected class.]
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it’s been calling for the government to appoint a special envoy to monitor and combat “Islamophobia” for two decades, but with President Biden in office and lawmakers led by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) promoting the issue, it is hopeful of success.
Omar and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday, urging him to create a special envoy, and asking him to “specifically include anti-Muslim violence per se” in the State Department’s next annual human rights report.
They joined several Democratic colleagues and CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday to announce the initiative.