(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/7/19) – The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for the resignation of Marion McGarry (D-12), a member of the Stamford Board of Representatives, for sharing anti-Muslim and xenophobic posts on Facebook.
McGarry shared a total of four Islamophobic posts, including a doctored image falsely portraying Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) sitting in front of an ISIS flag and a portrait of Osama Bin Laden. Another post claims, “Moderate Muslims only exist in the mind of the West, not in Islam.” Other board members are calling for her censure.
SEE: Stamford city rep’s xenophobic, Islamophobic Facebook posts prompt calls for censure
“Public officials, who should be able to serve all members of the public regardless of their background, must be held to a higher standard of conduct,” said CAIR-CT Executive Director Tark Aouadi. “That City Rep. McGarry would spread such easily-debunked falsehoods calls into question her ability to lead and represent all citizens of her jurisdiction. We call for her immediate resignation.”
Aouadi noted that he reached out to McGarry but has not received a response.
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh chapters of CAIR called for the resignation of a local school board member who shared anti-Muslim posts on Facebook and Twitter.
SEE: CAIR-Pennsylvania Calls for Resignation of Local School Board Official Over Anti-Muslim Posts
In February, CAIR-Pittsburgh joined the NAACP Allegheny East Branch in calling for the resignation of Plum Borough School District Member Brian Wisniewski who shared an anti-Muslim Facebook. Wisniewski resigned from his post under pressure.
In January, CAIR-Florida called for the resignation of a local commissioner who claimed online that newly-elected Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib might ‘blow up’ Capitol Hill.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-CT Executive Director Tark Aouadi, 860-341-2247, firstname.lastname@example.org