(ST. LOUIS, MO, 9/12/19) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed initial action against a police officer in that state who posted anti-Muslim comments on Facebook.
An officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety in Sikeston, Mo., has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after CAIR-Missouri sent copies of the offensive comments to department officials. Those comments included: “I get to choose whom I dislike and it just so happens to be all muslims (sic) and their beliefs.” Other comments included calling for the deportation of American Muslims and calling Islam’s holy text the Quran, “filthy koran [sic],” and Islam a “filthy religion.”
SEE: Sikeston DPS Officer Placed on Administrative Leave After Social Media Comments
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“We thank Sikeston Department of Public Safety officials for taking this matter seriously and acting promptly to take initial action pending the results of their investigation,” said CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed. “This incident is yet another example of the rise in anti-Muslim bigotry we have witnessed in the current toxic and divisive political environment.”
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
SEE: CAIR ‘Appalled’ by Appointment of Trump’s New Acting National Security Adviser Who Served on Board of Anti-Muslim Hate Group
On November 9, CAIR will hold its 25th anniversary national gala in Washington, D.C.
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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-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, firstname.lastname@example.org