(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/12/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Alabama State Representative Mike Holmes (R-District 31) to drop his membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
In a video, Rep. Holmes explains his membership in the organization, saying his ancestors fought in the Confederate army because they felt their “way of life was being threatened.” He said none of his ancestors owned slaves.
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“It is unacceptable for a lawmaker, whose duty it is to represent all constituents in his district, to be a member of an organization that honors traitors and white supremacists,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that CAIR has repeatedly called for the removal of Confederate flags, statues and symbols from public spaces nationwide. Last year, CAIR condemned a threat by the Alabama state Attorney General’s Office to fine the city of Montgomery for dropping a Confederate street name and supported renaming a school in Huntsville, Ala., currently named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
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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.
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