(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/13/15) â€“ The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for the resignation of an El Monte, Calif., official who posted an Islamophobic comment on social media.
Art Barrios, a planning commissioner for the City of El Monte and a former El Monte city council member, recently posted an article headlined “China Makes Major Moves to Ban Islam” on his Facebook page and then commented, “Sounds good maybe the rest of the world should do the same.”
â€œWhile Mr. Barrios has the right to his bigoted views, it is unacceptable for a person who holds such views to be in a position of public trust and authority,â€ said CAIR-LA Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai. â€œDiscrimination against building of mosques is widespread and well documented, and therefore it is unacceptable that a planning commissioner of any city, who ought to be fair and neutral, would hold such hateful views. We urge Mr. Barrios to resign his post on the planning commission, or failing that, for the city council to vote to remove him at their next meeting.â€
The El Monte city councilâ€™s next meeting will be held onÂ May 19.
CAIR has recently expressed concerns about anti-Muslim material posted on social media by a number of public officials nationwide.
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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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