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CAIR Joins Call for Resignation of Missouri Official Over Islamophobic Posts

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/3/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today joined other community and civil rights organizations in calling for the resignation of a Missouri official who posted Islamophobic materials online.

CAIR joined Joplin for Justice, the Joplin NAACP and Black Lives Matter of Southwest Missouri in calling on presiding Jasper County Commissioner John Bartosh to resign for offensive Facebook posts, including one urging that a “pork restaurant” and a liquor store be built next to American mosques. (NOTE: Muslims are prohibited from consuming alcohol or pork products.) The post suggested a name for the liquor story that mocked Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Another post mocked Islamic attire and told Muslims to “adjust to their culture. . .or leave their country.”

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In a statement to the Joplin Globe newspaper, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

“Too often in the United States, we’re seeing this kind of bigotry, whether it’s targeting Muslims, African Americans, Asians, immigrants — we’re seeing rising bigotry overall targeting minority communities. This should be repudiated by people of all political persuasions and all backgrounds. It’s enough. . .We would ask this individual to step down and allow someone who has the ability to serve a religiously, racially and ethnically diverse community to take their place.”

SEE: Local Organizations Call for Jasper County Commissioner John Bartosh to Resign https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/updated-local-organizations-call-for-jasper-county-commissioner-john-bartosh-to-resign/article_197999a8-04f3-11eb-a804-b3b5545bc874.html             

CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.  

“All Americans must speak out against Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy if we are to establish a society based on justice and equality,” said Ali.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s New White Supremacist and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, Slashing of Refugee Admissions

Yesterday, CAIR welcomed termination of a Texas police officer over a racist Facebook post against African-Americans and condemned a racist threat sent to a Mexican-American family for flying the Mexican flag in North Carolina.

SEE: CAIR-DFW Welcomes Termination of Police Officer for Racist Facebook Posts

CAIR Condemns Racist Threat Sent to Mexican-American Family in North Carolina

Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.      

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner     

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.        

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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali, Yasir.ali@cair-mo.org, 314-722-6116, 913-972-0111; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com

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