(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/26/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on a public official in Louisiana to apologize for an Islamophobic post on Facebook.
Jack Clampit, a member of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury, shared a post on his personal Facebook page showing a bearded man on the toilet and a Starbucks logo, with the text, “This is a Muslim, they don’t use toilet paper, they use their hand. This is Starbucks. They vow to hire 10,000 Muslims. Enjoy your coffee.”
According to its website: “The Ouachita Parish Police Jury is the governing authority for the parish agencies that operate under the police jury system provided by the general laws of the state. The Ouachita Parish Police Jury is both a legislative and administrative body.”
“Public officials have a duty to uphold our nation’s values by promoting inclusion and unity, not bigotry and division,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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