(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/28/17) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah in calling for the resignation Board of Education Member Emma Anderson because of an Islamophobic remark she made at a public meeting of that board.
While Mayor Khairullah had the floor in a Prospect Park Board of Education meeting on June 27, 2017, and was expressing his position on an issue, Anderson interrupted with the statement, “This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session.”
Video: ‘This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session.’
“Anyone who is capable of using such divisive terms against me is capable of using similarly hostile terms against others in the community,” said Mayor Khairullah, “Therefore, I am calling for the immediate resignation of Board Member Emma Anderson and ask that the County Superintendent of Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education investigate the matter fully and take appropriate action based on the results of that investigation.”
“Bigoted statements like those made by Ms. Anderson are extremely offensive and demonstrate a level of intolerance that should disqualify her from serving on any organization overseeing the education of children,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We applaud Prospect Park Mayor Khairullah for his courage and leadership in taking a stand against bigotry.”
Sues noted that the hot-button term “sharia law” is increasingly being used by Islamophobes and their white supremacist and anti-government allies to target the American Muslim community.
SEE: CAIR Calls Nationwide Anti-Islam Rallies a ‘Bust,’ Says Counter-Protests Far Overshadowed Hate Marches
CAIR has reported a significant spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide.
SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update
The organization recently launched an app to share critical ‘know your rights’ information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. It is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
SEE: Victim of a hate crime? Now there’s an app for that. (CNN)
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR also offers a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.
SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
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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