CAIR Asks Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz to Drop Appearance at Event Featuring Hate Group Leader (includes Robert Spencer)

(Washington, D.C., 3/24/15) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Sen. Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate, to cancel his scheduled appearance at a conference in New Hampshire later this week because the event is hosted by a group with ties to white supremacists and other speakers include the leader of a designated hate group.

Sen. Cruz will reportedly speak at the “New England Freedom Conference,” to be hosted by the Young America’s Foundation on March 27 and 28.

The Young America’s Foundation (YAF) joined with Young Americans for Freedom in 2011. In 2007, Young Americans for Freedom hosted an event at Michigan State University that featured two white supremacist activists. The event’s main speaker was Nick Griffin, a Holocaust denier who was at the time the chairman of the white supremacist British National Party (BNP). The master of ceremonies for the event was Texas neo-Nazi Preston Wiginton.

Another scheduled speaker at the “New England Freedom Conference” is Robert Spencer. Spencer is a co-founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Spencer’s Jihad Watch blog is also designated as a hate group by the SPLC, which named Spencer as part of the nation’s “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.” Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik cited Spencer’s blog 162 times in his manifesto…

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