(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/10/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for dialogue with a mayor in that state who falsely claims Muslims in Minneapolis, Minn., are seeking to enact Islamic principles into law.
A community activist said St. Charles, Mo., Mayor Dan Borgmeyer made that comment in a phone conversation.
In response to a question about the comment from local media, the mayor said:
“I merely pointed out that I knew Minneapolis, and the particular situation in Minneapolis was that it was very strongly Muslim, in downtown anyway, and that I heard that in other markets like Dearborn and places like that, that they’re proposing Sharia law in some of those places.” “Like I said, who knows if there’s a heavy Hispanic population someplace and they defund the police, what is the alternative to defunding the police?”
Video: Activist Accuses St. Charles, Missouri, Mayor of Making Islamophobic Comment
In a statement, CAIR-Missouri Treasurer Omar Memon said:
“Mayor Borgmeyer obviously holds stereotypical views based on misinformation about Islam and the American Muslim community. We believe he would benefit from meeting and engaging in dialogue with ordinary Missouri Muslims who can offer him balanced and objective information about their faith and their experiences as members of a religious minority. We offer to arrange that dialogue with community members at the mayor’s convenience.”
Memon noted that CAIR recently called on Missouri law enforcement authorities to investigate the vandalism of a black woman’s car in Springfield, Mo., as a possible hate crime.
SEE: CAIR Calls for Missouri Hate Crime Probe of Feces Smeared on Black Woman’s Car
He added that CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-black racism.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali, Yasir.email@example.com, 314-722-6116, 913-972-0111