Newton County Commission cancelsÂ TuesdayÂ meeting due to threats of armed protest by anti-Muslim extremists; mosque moratorium to expire onÂ September 20
(ATLANTA, GA,Â 9/13/16)Â – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today condemned anti-Muslim extremists whose harassment and threats of armed protest outside a planned September 13 Newton County Commission meeting led the commissioners to cancel that meeting.
A majority of commissioners had agreed to lift the county's moratorium on houses of worship during the meeting, but the commissioners now plan to allow the moratorium to expire naturally on the 20th.
“We strongly condemn the anti-Muslim extremists who have slandered, harassed and threatened Newton County's commissioners over the past week,” said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. “These armed bigots do not represent the people of Newton County, who are as warm and welcoming as other Georgians.”
Mitchell added: “Although we understand why several Newton County commissioners were concerned about their own safety, governments cannot and should not let such fears prevent them from holding a vote, much less a meeting. Every day, American Muslims stand up to the threats of bigoted extremists. Government officials should be brave enough to do the same.”
Four of five Newton commissioners have publicly pledged to allow the moratorium to expire, thus allowing the planned mosque and cemetery project to proceed.
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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