(BOSTON, MA, 06/01/17) — The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Walpole, Mass., Planning Board to repudiate misogynistic and Islamophobic social media posts made by a candidate for that board and called on the candidate recuse himself from the election.
A series of Facebook posts made by Planning Board candidate George Hodges denigrate women, claimed that “if there’s a rag on your head. You want Americans dead” and associated Muslims with terrorism. [NOTE: The “rag” comment was an apparent reference to the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, worn by Muslim women.]
The planning board election is scheduled for this Saturday, June 3. Hodges’ opponent, Sarah Khatib, is a Muslim woman.
“These shameful statements are beyond the pale for someone running for elected office,” said Dr. John Robbins, executive director of CAIR-MA. “How could the public possibly expect an individual in such a position to treat Muslim individuals or business owners fairly and without discrimination?”
CAIR’s 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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CONTACT: Dr. John Robbins, Executive Director, CAIR-MA, email@example.com, 617-862-9159