(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/19/15)Â â€“ The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called on that stateâ€™s political and religious leaders to repudiate the bigoted and Islamophobic views expressed by Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn in a slide presentation to a session of the county commissioners.
At Wednesdayâ€™s commission meeting, Peterjohn, saying he was providing a â€œpublic warning for citizens,â€ offered a slide show of people who are named Mohammed who have committed crimes.
â€œIt is disingenuous, to say the least, to compile a list of actions by individuals named â€˜Mohammed,â€™ one of the most common names in the world, and use that as an indication of guilt by association of Muslims and the Islamic faith,â€Â said CAIR-Kansas Board Chairman Moussa Elbayoumy. â€œThese inflammatory remarks add to the increasingly Islamophobic atmosphere in American society, and can lead to acts of violence and intimidation targeting American Muslims and their institutions.â€
â€œWe call on our stateâ€™s political and religious leaders to repudiate these bigoted and Islamophobic views and commit to the values of tolerance, acceptance and compassion upon which this great country was built.â€
CAIR recently called on the nationâ€™s political and religious leaders to repudiate Islamophobia in the wake of a spike in anti-Muslim incidents following the Paris terror attacks.
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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