Iftaar at the White House

October 21, 2003

Source: Council on American Islamic Relations


On October 21, 2003 Council on American Islamic Relations reported that "a coalition of prominent national Muslims organizations, Imams and activists are calling for a boycott of President George W. Bush's 2003 Ramadan Iftaar Dinner at The White House. A statement from Project Islamic H.O.P.E reads: 'President Bush and his administration's failure to address American Muslims domestic and foreign policy concerns can no longer be accepted. President Bush's public statements have consistently portrayed Islam as a peaceful religion that has been hijacked by the forces of terrorism. But his official policies have done little to mark that distinction.'" The statement cites the appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the invitation of the Rev Franklin Graham to deliver the 2003 Good Friday homily at the Pentagon, and the recent controversy regarding General Boykin all as offensive to Islam.