(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 10/7/16)Â – The Alabama chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) is calling for an independent investigation of Facebook posts by a police chief in that state referring to â€œbacon grease covered bullets,â€ a theme often used by anti-Muslim bigots because they falsely believe Muslims cannot enter heaven if they are shot by such ammunition.
On September 23, Barry Pendergraft, chief of police at the Gurley Police Department in the Town of Gurley, AL., posted a photograph on his personal Facebook account of a box of ammunition with the text: â€œ100 more bacon grease covered bullets in the box! This relaxes me so!!â€ On September 27, he posted a video of ammunition loading with the text: â€œHappiness is a couple thousand rounds in the ammo box! Bacon grease dipped of course!!â€
Barry Pendergraft, Chief of Police
Barry Pendergraftâ€™s Facebook Page
â€œWe call on state and federal authorities to investigate whether the evident anti-Muslim bigotry expressed by Chief Pendergraft is acceptable for someone in his position, who is obligated to provide all citizens, regardless of faith or ethnicity, equal and fair treatment,â€ said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.
Hadeed said there has been an unprecedented rise in Islamophobia nationwide, which she attributed at least in part to anti-Muslim bigotry expressed by Donald Trump and other public figures.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 205-313-6489, or 334-224-2196, kHadeed@cair.com