(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 6/17/16) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Bayonne Chief of Staff Andrew Casais in denouncing the comments of GOP group leader Michael Alonso, who falsely claimed a new mosque would pose a danger to the community.
In a press release, Alonso wrote:Â “In light of the Orlando terrorist attack recently committed in the name of Islam, a mosque in Bayonne would be unsafe and unwise.”Â Alonso has billed himself the leader of the “Real Republicans.â€
â€œThat Mr. Alonso would try to exploit the recent tragic events in Orlando to further his political ambitions is disgraceful,â€ said Jim Sues, executive director of the CAIR-NJ.Â â€œThis is just one more example of those on the political right inflaming anti-Muslim sentiments for their political gain â€“ a tactic becoming all too common in this current election cycle.â€
The local Muslim community has proposed converting a warehouse at 109 East 24th St. into a community center that would include a mosque, classrooms and a soup kitchen. The city zoning board is slated to decide whether to approve the plan at its June 28 meeting.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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