MPAC Calls on President & Congress
to Repudiate ‘Bomb Mecca’ Remark

Washington, DC: The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has asked the Administration and Congress to repudiate remarks made by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) in which he suggested that the US should consider bombing Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, in order to deter terrorists.
Tancredo made the remarks during an interview on "Pat Campbell Show", a Florida talk radio program, after being asked what the US should do in response to a nuclear attack on this country by "extremist fundamentalist Muslims." Tancredo said one possible response would be to "take out their holy sites." When Campbell asked if the congressman was "talking about bombing Mecca," Tancredo replied, "Yeah."
SEE: Excerpt from "The Pat Campbell Show" with Tancredo’s Remarks
While Congressman Tancredo has since stated that the suggestion was simply in response to a hypothetical scenario, he maintained his stance that it is necessary to "lay out there as a possibility the destruction of these sites." According to recent media reports, Tancredo is considering a run for the presidency in 2008.
MPAC has called upon individuals to respond to the remarks by contacting national Republican leadership to request that they repudiate the remarks and reiterate the sacred position of all religious sites:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
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Washington, DC 20003
Tel: 202.863.8500
Fax: 202.863.8820
Speaker of the House
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: 202-225-2976
To email Hastert, go to:
1130 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: 202-225-7882
To email Tancredo, go to:


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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