Another controversial anti-Muslim group plans to raise funds at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, less than two weeks after the Trump organization pulled the plug from a similar event.
The Center for Security Policy, a Washington, DC think tank designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), received a permit from Palm Beach City on October 4 to organize its annual Flame Dinner at the president & # 39; s resort on November 23.
The Palm Beach Post reported that tickets for the event start at $ 650.
President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida has been unveiled as the location of an upcoming dinner organized by the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy
The dinner permit came only two days after the Trump organization, which operates the resort, canceled a $ 1500 per person gala sponsored by ACT for America, which is also on the SPLC list of US hate groups.
That event took place on November 7, but on October 6 the Trump organization said: & # 39; this group will definitely not organize their event in Mar-a-Lago,
The center was founded by conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney (photo), who falsely claimed that President Barack Obama was a Muslim
The SPLC, a civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to identifying and studying hate groups, described the Center for Security Police as a & # 39; conspiracy-focused mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement & # 39 ;.
CSP was founded by right-wing activist Frank Gaffney, best known for promoting the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was a secret Muslim, reported The Palm Beach Post.
& # 39; The man who is now happy that his middle name with Islamic roots plays a prominent role, has been dealing with the most consistent lure since Adolf Hitler has duped Neville Chamberlain in Munich about Czechoslovakia in Munich & # 39 ;, Gaffney wrote in an article published by the Washington Times in 2009.
"There is increasing evidence that the president is not only identifying with Muslims, but that he himself may be one."
Gaffney also claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrated the US government.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group that advocates on behalf of American Muslims, is now calling on the Trump organization to cancel the dinner on November 23.
"The Trump organization has made the right decision to cancel an earlier event organized by an anti-Muslim hate group, and we call on them to do it again," said CAIR government director Robert McCaw in a pronunciation.
Center for Security Policy CEO Fred Fleitz (photo) argued that his group is not an anti-Muslim
& # 39; The President of the United States should not benefit from a group that earns its money by demonizing a whole faith and whose founder acts in widespread conspiracy theories, including that former President Obama is Muslim and that mosques want Western civilization from within destroy. & # 39;
Earlier this month, the Trump organization canceled a $ 1500 gala per person sponsored by ACT for America, also considered a hate group
Fred Fleitz, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, expressed confidence that his group's event will continue as planned.
"We are honored to have this event in Mar-a-Lago," he told The Palm Beach Post.
Fleitz, who was once chief of staff for former Trump national security adviser John Bolton and took the reins of CSP in January, pushed back against the claim that his organization was anti-Muslim and told the Palm Beach Post that the group worked with Muslims to fight terrorism .
He also tried to distance the group from the founder and stated that Frank Gaffney no longer speaks for CSP.
At dinner on November 23, CSP is expected to hand out the Keeper of the Flame Award to the House Freedom Caucus, co-founded by Trump & # 39; s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
Previous recipients included former President Ronald Reagan and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was recognized with the prize at last year's dinner.
At dinner on November 23, CSP is expected to award a prize to House Freedom Caucus, co-founded by Trump & # 39; s acting chief of staff Nick Mulvaney
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