(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/27/16) -Â The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) tonight called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens and other GOP leaders in that state to repudiate internet messages disparaging Muslims, alleging that President Obama is foreign-born and joking about rape re-posted by Robert Murphy, the narrator of a new ad campaign for the candidate.
Messages re-posted on Murphy's Facebook page include, â€œNo to gun control, Yes to Muslim control,â€ and references to Muslims as “some 7th Century Islamic goat humpers.”
â€œEric Greitens and other Missouri Republicans must repudiate these offensive messages and disassociate themselves from Mr. Murphy,â€ said CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed
Greitens is the same candidate who issued an 'ISIS Hunting Permit' as part of his campaign; a tactic that CAIR-Missouri said may endanger Missouri Muslims.
CAIR-Missouri recently called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an apparent arson attack on a mosque under construction in that state.
CAIR reported that 2016 is on track to be one of the worst years ever for anti-mosque incidents. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization CAIR attributes the rise in anti-mosque incidents and a spike in other anti-Muslim incidents at least in part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by public figures like Donald Trump and others.
Members of the American Muslim community are being asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: www.cair.com/report
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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.Â Â Â Â Â
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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org