Civil rights group encourages public official to meet with local Muslim leaders
(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/4/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for the resignation or removal of Wisconsin’s Brown County Supervisor James Murphy over revelations that he is spreading Islamophobia and false allegations of election fraud online through MyMilitia, a far-right extremist message board.
SEE: Brown County Supervisor Is a Far-Right Conspiracist
Media outlet In These Times “obtained screenshots and cached posts featuring violent Islamophobic rhetoric from personal blogger ‘J. Morris’ and MyMilitia account user ‘J. Morris’ — which appear to be penned by Supervisor Murphy.” “Let me put the record straight about Islam. It is NOT a religion. It is and always has been a Geopolitical fascist movement,” wrote “J. Morris” in a 2018 blog post.
SEE: What a Right Wing Militant in Wisconsin County Politics Reveals about Extremism
In a statement, CAIR Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
“Anti-Muslim bigots have no business serving as public officials, who must represent diverse societies without bias and equally apply the laws to everyone, regardless of their faith. If Supervisor Murphy is indeed responsible for espousing these hateful and extremist views, he should step down from his post and meet with local Muslim leaders to educate himself about his neighbors.”
He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
CAIR’s 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.
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