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CAIR: Interfaith Coalition to Seek Repudiation of Maryland County Commissioner’s Islamophobic Commentary

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/15) – On Thursday, October 22, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join interfaith and community coalition partners at a news conference outside the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster, Md., to call on the Board of County Commissioners of Carroll County to repudiate an inflammatory Islamophobic commentary authored by County Commissioner Richard Rothschild.

WHAT: Press Conference Seeking Board of County Commissioners of Carroll County Repudiation of Richard Rothschild's Islamophobic Commentary

WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Carroll County Office Building, 225 North Center Street, Westminster, Md. 21157

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, (410) 971-6062

In his commentary, published on October 19 in the Carroll County Times, Rothschild wrote of the “threat from Islam†and asked rhetorically: “Can the prescriptions of Islam coexist with America's Constitution? The answer is an unequivocal ‘No.’â€

He also falsely claimed: “The values of Islam are irreconcilably incompatible with the values enshrined in America's Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Anyone that swears an oath to Islam and the Constitution is lying to either Allah or the American people.â€

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At the news conference, the coalition – which includes CAIR, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, ACLU-MD, Jewish Voice for Peace-DC, and others – will deliver a letter urging county commissioners to repudiate Commissioner Rothschild’s bigoted and inaccurate commentary.

The coalition letter reads in part:

“Mr. Rothschild’s article conveys a clear disregard for our Constitution – which explicitly states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust†– and indicates that one cannot be both American and Muslim.

“As an elected official whose constituents likely include Muslims, Mr. Rothschild’s statements are also particularly disturbing because not only do they convey his bigotry toward Muslims, but they also further alienate, demean, and marginalize several million Americans who practice the Islamic faith.”

The letter, which is addressed to the president, vice-president, and secretary of the county commissioners, will also be sent to Governor Larry Hogan and State Senators Michael Hough, Justin Ready and Gail Bates of Carroll County.

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.

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