(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/23/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the firing of a public official in Jackman, Maine, who wants separation of the races and calls Islam “barbarism.”
Earlier today, the Jackman Select Board voted unanimously to fire town manager Tom Kawczynski. Kawczynski founded New Albion, a white supremacist and anti-Muslim group. He told the Bangor Daily News that the nation would be better off if people of different races “voluntarily separate.”
In reaction to the firing, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper told the Bangor Daily News: “We’re big supporters of the First Amendment, and everyone has the right to their own religious and political views, even if they’re bigoted, but you really don’t have the right to impose those views through some kind of public office.”
CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
Last week, CAIR welcomed the resignation of a Trump administration official who made remarks disparaging African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and other minority groups.
Over the past weekend, CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter similarly welcomed the resignation of two McKinney ISD middle school teachers who posted Islamophobic and hateful tweets on their social media.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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 mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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