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CAIR-Georgia Joins Calls for Commissioner to Apologize or Resign for Calling Civil Rights Icon John Lewis a ‘Racist Pig’

CAIR logo(ATLANTA, GA – 1/17/17) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter to either apologize or resign for calling civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) a “racist pig” in a Facebook post.

SEE: Dems Call for Gwinnett Commissioner to Resign After John Lewis Comments

“Georgia Muslims feel a special affection for Congressman John Lewis, whose legacy reminds our community that advancing civil rights and defeating bigotry are achievable goals,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. “If a civil rights icon like Representative Lewis is not safe from vile words of hatred, no one is. Mr. Hunter should apologize without reservation or resign without delay.”

A variety of Georgia leaders and organizations, including The Georgia NAACP, have denounced Commissioner Hunter's remarks, as well as President-Elect Trump's false accusation that Rep. Lewis' district is crime infested.

“Bigots who have the audacity to accuse civil rights leaders of racism live in a hypocritical fantasy world in which up is down and left is right,” Mitchell added. “Georgians of all races, faiths and backgrounds should continue speaking out until Commissioner Hunter apologizes or resigns.”

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-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell; 404-285-9530;; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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