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CAIR-Florida Calls for Seminole County Tax Collector to Take Corrective Action for Islamophobic Social Media Post

(Miami, FL, 8/20/2018) — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today condemned Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg’s Islamophobic social media post.

Greenberg posted in his Facebook account: “Name just ONE society in the developed world that has benefited in ANY WAY from the introduction of more Muslims. Just one. Asking for a friend.” Subsequent calls for an apology were ignored by the elected official and instead his post was bolstered by additional Islamophobic content posted by known anti-Muslim sites.

SEE: Florida Tax Collector Stirs Controversy Over Muslim Post

“Elected officials represent diverse communities of Americans and must always be respectful to their ethnic, racial and religious differences. We condemn Greenberg’s failure to do so,” Civil Rights Director Thania Diaz Clevenger stated. “After the fulfilment of a public records request, we will be examining if Greenberg’s xenophobic views were ever shared with Seminole’s County tax collection office personnel.” 

CAIR-Florida Civil Rights attorneys will be investigating whether Greenberg’s Islamophobic ideology has previously affected his work for the county’s tax collector’s office.

Additionally, CAIR-Florida is reaching out to Greenberg to meet with community leaders and are ready to offer his office a cultural sensitivity training.

Recently, CAIR’s Dallas/Fort Worth chapter renewed its call for Tom Harrison, a city council member, to resign following his sharing of an Islamophobic post calling on President Trump to “ban Islam in American schools.”


Earlier this month, CAIR called for an investigation of a Louisiana police officer’s Islamophobic post that “warned against” 90 Muslims running for office across the United States.


CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission istoenhance 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.


Contact: Wilfredo A. Ruiz, CAIR-Florida Communications Director, 305.502.6749, ; Thania Diaz-Clevenger, CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Director, 813.514.1414,


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