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CAIR-Kentucky Calls for Reprimand of Judge Who Shared Anti-Muslim Post

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/3/19) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission to reprimand Fiscal Court Magistrate E.G. Thompson for an anti-Muslim post shared to his Facebook page.

Last week, Thompson wrote, “Muslims need to assimilate into U.S. culture as they desire the benefits of citizenship!. . .Do we celebrate Irish Day? Or Negro Day Or Caucasian Day?” The post linked to a news story about Muslim Day being celebrated at the Indiana Statehouse. Thompson later said he intended no offense.

SEE: Hardin County magistrate issues apology after Facebook post about Muslims
https://www.wdrb.com/news/hardin-county-magistrate-issues-apology-after-facebook-post-about-muslims/article_e5d35204-55af-11e9-ad25-b73bb633431b.html

Rule 2.3 of the Kentucky Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judges from manifesting bias or prejudice, including bias based on religion and national origin.

“Judge Thompson’s comments are inconsistent with the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary,” said CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad. “His comments call into serious question his ability to rule fairly in cases involving Muslim plaintiffs and defendants.”

A spokesperson for the Hardin County Government stated that Judge Thompson’s comments do not represent the county, but Muhammad noted that more decisive action was needed.

Last year, CAIR-Houston backed demands for the resignation of a judge over remarks stereotyping African-Americans.

SEE: CAIR-Houston Backs Demand for Resignation of Judge Over Remarks Stereotyping African-Americans
https://www.cair.com/cair_houston_backs_demand_for_resignation_of_judge_over_remarks_stereotyping_african_americans

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, 859-545-0651, wmuhammad@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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