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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Resignation of Islamophobic Deputy Mayor

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 10/3/2019) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the resignation of  Raritan Deputy Louis Reiner after he reportedly posted a series of threatening Islamophobic messages on his personal Facebook page.

 One post depicted a mushroom cloud and declared “SOME CANCERS MUST BE TREATED WITH RADIATION.  ISLAM IS ONE OF THEM.” 

On October 1st the Raritan Township Committee passed a resolution condemning the posts and calling for Reiner to resign from the Deputy Mayor position. 

SEE: Deputy mayor steps down after calling Islam ”˜a cancer’

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 “The bigoted, hateful and threatening social media posts shared by this elected official is symptomatic of the Islamophobia that grips this country today,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director, James Sues.  “We applaud the Raritan Township Committee for taking action against this kind of hateful rhetoric, which does a disservice to the welcoming and diverse community that New Jersey truly is.  Bigoted views such as these should not be tolerated by any government agency.”

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 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900,; CAIR-NJ Communications Director Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, 908-668-5900,


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