Corey Saylor speaks at “Creeping Sharia” myth forum

Selected quotes:

  • “…I am actually disappointed that Mr. Grandy didn’t accept the invitation to speak today.  I understand that he might feel that this could be a forum in which he was not in the majority, shall we say.  So I will re-extend.  I am happy to debate him in any forum he chooses, as long as we agree on a moderator and a format, and as long as we agree on the fact that we are both Americans who have our nation’s best interests at heart.”
  • “I have no power to suppress someone’s free speech.  […]  I am, however, going to assert my free speech rights to say that you can say whatever you want to in our society, but I believe that biased speech should not be given a legitimizing platform.”
  • “…[sharia-compliant finance] says I don’t invest in gambling, it says I don’t invest in pornography, it says I don’t invest in alcohol. I’m not clear how those kinds of principles threaten anyone with conservative values. “
  • “Our legal argument [against the Oklahoma ‘anti-Sharia’ amendment] is: it violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  So wrap your head around this: we’re trying to undermine the country, according to their theory, by getting our country to enforce the law of the land that we live under. […] I’ll turn the argument around and see if someone on Mr. Grandy’s side can beat it: we’re at the forefront of defending the Constitution from people who are looking to undermine it because they want to protect its symbolic value by getting rid of its real protections.  […] They want to talk about the flag.  They want to talk about the Constitution.  But they want to drop the principles that it was built on.”
  • “I believe it is a Muslim’s duty to stand up and be very loud in pushing back against this movement. Why?  Because we’ve benefited from groups in the past who were targeted the same way we are targeted now.   […] All of them pushed back.  And we have the freedoms we have today because of their work.  So if we do not stand up and push back and refuse to be silent then the group that gets targeted tomorrow will suffer, because we didn’t do our job.”

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Corey Saylor is legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), with more than a decade of nonprofit political communications, legislative advocacy, and media relations experience. The Philadelphia Inquirer named a Saylor-maintained blog focused on the 2005-2006 reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT ACT, a “Web Winner.” His criticism of bigoted remarks by Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) helped draw national media focus to the issue.

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