MPAC Demands White House Condemn Quebec Mosque Shooting as Terror Attack

January 30, 2017

We demand the White House immediately condemns yesterday’s horrific shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center as an act of terror. The attack, which has resulted in six deaths, is a blatant violent hate crime. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has already issued a statement calling the shooting “a terrorist attack on Muslims.” It is imperative that the administration condemns this attack, given the current political climate of anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. The White House has traditionally condemned attacks on houses of worship and should not depart from this important step.

Today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer exploited the Quebec attack to justify the ban on Muslims. Spicer stated, "It's a terrible reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the president is taking steps to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to our nation's safety and security." 

Following the tragic shooting, various news outlets depicted the shooter as Muslim when in fact the suspect has been named by law enforcement as Alexandre Bissonnette, a white French Canadian. We demand that President Trump acknowledges that banning Muslims from the United States does not make us any more secure as a nation. 

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