Anti-Muslim Stickers at Conservative Political Action conference

January 31, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On January 31, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which featured Vice President Cheney as its opening luncheon speaker yesterday, one of the various exhibition booths hawking paraphernalia had some virulently anti-Muslim vinyl bumper stickers... including one that said: 'No Muslims -- No Terrorism...' Sources said an attendee at the group's 30th annual conference, at the Crystal City Marriott, called Cheney's office to complain and a Cheney aide called CPAC organizers to express 'strong displeasure...' The booth operators removed the anti-Muslim stickers from the rack before Cheney spoke... But the offending stickers were not really taken off sale. When a Washington Post reporter asked about the anti-Muslim bumper stickers, a booth attendant smiled and reached behind a sheet, saying conference organizers had ordered her to take them off display... 'Somebody doesn't believe in free speech,' she complained, offering them for $2.75 apiece."