Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has urged the President to not attend the National Prayer Breakfast, reports the Huffington Post:

“The National Prayer Breakfast uses the suggested imprimatur of the elected leaders who attend to give the Fellowship greater credibility and facilitate its networking and fundraising,” CREW director Melanie Sloan said in a statement. “The president and members of Congress should not legitimatize this cult-like group — the head of which has praised the organizing abilities of Hitler and Bin Laden — by attending the breakfast.”

The White House confirmed to the Huffington Post that Obama plans to attend the breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, but had no response to CREW’s letter. The Fellowship is closely connected to the now-notorious C Street House near the Capitol—essentially a dorm for ethically-troubled Republicans.

Obama has said he will attend the breakfast which has been ongoing since 1957.