Magazine article Church & State

Americans United Tells Senate to Reject Pompeo as Secretary of State

Magazine article Church & State

Americans United Tells Senate to Reject Pompeo as Secretary of State

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Americans United joined a broad cross-section of allies in April to urge the U.S. Senate to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

AU cited Pompeo's record of anti-Muslim rhetoric and hostility toward the LGBTQ community, women, refugees, immigrants and others. These views, AU asserted, make Pompeo a poor candidate to represent to the world American ideals of religious freedom and equality.

Concerns about Pompeo's anti-Muslim views and how they would impact U.S. foreign policy were raised shortly after President Donald Trump was elected and named Pompeo to be his CIA director. Marwan Muasher, a former Jordanian ambassador to the United States who now oversees research into the Middle East for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank, in Nov. 2016 voiced his concerns about Pompeo and two other Trump national security nominees.

"While the region has the same commitment to fight terrorism, it needs a nuanced view of Islam and of Muslims, rather than treating all Muslims with a broad brush," Muasher told The Washington Post. "The cause of fighting terrorism will not be helped if the new administration treats the Muslim world as a problem rather than as part of the solution."

But Pompeo hasn't demonstrated a "nuanced view." He has maintained close ties with anti-Muslim groups and individuals that propagate conspiracy theories about Islam, including ACT for America, considered to be the country's largest anti-Muslim hate group.

Pompeo has a troubling history of equating terrorists with Muslims and has portrayed the fight against terrorism as a war for Christian supremacy. …

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