(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/23/08) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today welcomed a call by the New Mexico Republican Party for the resignation of a local GOP leader who wrote that “Muslims are our enemies” in a recent letter to the editor.
On Tuesday, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on state and national Republican Party officials to repudiate the anti-Muslim comments written by Otero County Republican Women Chairperson Marcia Stirman. In her letter to the Alamogordo Daily News, Stirman also called presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama a “Muslim socialist.” (Otero County Republican Women is an affiliate of the National Federation of Republican Women.)
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A New Mexico Republican Party official now says: “Ms. Stirman does not speak for the Republican Party. Her comments do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Republican Party.” Otero County GOP Chairwoman Sassy Tinling added: “The Republican Party of Otero County board will convene to ask for Marcia Stirman’s resignation as chair of the Republican Women of Otero County.”
SEE: Stirman Asked To Resign After Anti-Muslim Remarks
“We welcome the positive response by party officials to Ms. Stirman’s disturbing and un-American views,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “No political party should accept or excuse religious intolerance.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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