Bravo. “Oklahoma congressional candidate says he will not accept money from an Islamic group,” by Julie Bisbee for the Oklahoman, July 15:
A congressional candidate has refused a campaign donation from the executive director of an Islamic-American association, saying the group has ties to terrorist groups.
Kevin Calvey, a candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat, said Wednesday he refused a $25 online donation from Razi Hashim, the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.
Hashim said his donation was a personal contribution and not meant to be affiliated with the nonprofit group that employs him.
“I thought on a personal level, we could talk as two men, as people of God,” Hashim said. “Jesus said to love your neighbor; we have similar teachings in Islam as well.”…
“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another but ruthless to the unbelievers” — Qur’an 48:29.
Calvey, an attorney who helped prosecute terrorism suspects in the Iraqi court system, said he had no problem with the Muslim faith, but he could not support the council.
“I worked alongside Muslims every day who were fighting against terrorism,” Calvey said.
Calvey said he would have no problem meeting with members of the council, if they left the organization.
“I haven’t met with them, nor will I,” Calvey said. “CAIR is the moral equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan. I wouldn’t meet with them either.”…