(ST. LOUIS, MO, 5/8/2013) — The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis), along with other civil rights and advocacy organizations and interfaith communities, is requesting an apology from State Representative Rick Stream for forwarding an anti-Muslim email message. Stream's hate message has been condemned by Christian leaders in his hometown.
“This is not an isolated incident, rather we've witnessed a trend of growing anti-Islam remarks and sentiments at the state capitol that the leadership refuses to acknowledge or take any action against,” said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, who has lived in Stream's district for most of his life.
CAIR-St. Louis has started an on-line petition to encourage people of conscience to contact Rep. Stream and express their concerns about his apparent anti-Muslim bigotry. They are also asking for an official public apology by the representative and for the leadership at the capitol to speak out against growing anti-Muslim rhetoric.
The St. Louis Muslim community has an open invitation to Stream and any other elected officials or community members to visit a local mosque to learn more about the Islamic faith and to build bridges of mutual understanding.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com