In IL, Candidate's Remarks Condemned by Muslims

September 28, 2004

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

On September 28, 2004 the Chicago Daily Herald reported, "the Republican challenger to three-term Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said Monday he's distrusted Islam 'for years' and supports the federal government planting human monitors in mosques to track the activity of those practicing the religion there. Kurt Eckhardt's comments brought swift criticism from Schakowsky and Muslim groups, who described his remarks as inaccurate and dangerous... In an interview with the Daily Herald editorial board, Eckhardt, of Chicago, called the threat of fundamentalist Islamic expansion 'profound' and said secular democracies around the world need to become proactive and in some cases pre-emptive against the spread of the groups worldwide."