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CAIR-DFW Asks Texas Sheriff to Reaffirm Commitment to Equal Justice After Islamophobic Rant

chapter logos texas(DALLAS, TX, 5/23/2017) — The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called on Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree to reaffirm his commitment to equal justice for all county residents regardless of faith, ethnicity or national origin following revelation of an Islamophobic rant on his Facebook page.

On May 22, Sheriff Murphree posted a statement on Facebook filled with inaccurate and stereotypical claims apparently targeting all Muslims, not just the tiny minority who commit acts of violence.

Writing in reference to yesterday’s terror attack in Manchester, Sheriff Murphree wrote in part:

“This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting. When you allow political correctness to dictate how you respond to an enemy that wants to kill you. . .When you give up your city’s and your neighborhoods to a religious ideology that says you must convert or die.”

SEE: ”˜Wake Up America’: TX Sheriff Rants on Terror After UK Attack

“We call on Sheriff Murphree to reaffirm his pledge, and that of his officers, to serve and protect all Denton County residents regardless of their faith, ethnicity or national origin,” said CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale. “We are concerned that someone obligated to provide equal justice for all holds such inaccurate, stereotypical and divisive views.”

In a letter to Sheriff Murphree, Natale asked that he acknowledge the harm caused by his Facebook post and confirm that he is able to carry out his duties without bias.

She noted that Sheriff Murphee was previously under fire for threatening to violently assault any transgender child who uses the same bathroom as his daughter.

SEE: Denton County GOP Sheriff Candidate Tracy Murphree Calls for Violence Against Transgender People Needing to Pee

CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members 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 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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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 CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale, nnatale@cair.com, 469-554-0786

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