(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa to fire newly-appointed Religious Freedom Advisor Mark Kevin Lloyd because of the appointee’s history of anti-Muslim comments on social media.
In 2016, while working as the Virginia Field Director for then-candidate Trump, Lloyd came under fire for sharing several bigoted posts, including one that referred to Islam as “a barbaric cult” and another characterizing Islam as inherently violent. Following the Orlando nightclub shooting in June 2016, Lloyd also shared a Facebook meme suggesting potential gun buyers eat bacon before being allowed to purchase a firearm.
SEE: New USAID Religious-Freedom Adviser Has History of Anti-Islam Comments (Wash. Post)
“CAIR calls on USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa to immediately fire Religious Freedom Adviser Mark Kevin Lloyd because of his publicly-professed anti-Muslim views,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “There is no room in any government position — let alone a position meant to protect religious freedoms – for those who promote bigotry. Lloyd is clearly unfit to serve a diverse, multi-faith society.”
McCaw added that Lloyd’s presence in USAID is a “blatant attempt to politicize the agency’s efforts that raises concerns about its management.”
CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist rhetoric, policies and appointments.
SEE: CAIR Urges Senate to Reject Anticipated Nomination of ‘Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist’ Anthony J. Tata for Pentagon Post
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, firstname.lastname@example.org