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CAIR-NJ Calls for Resignation of Another State Official Over Islamophobic, Racist and Xenophobic Tweets

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Second time this week that Muslim civil rights group challenges Islamophobia expressed by state officials

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 7/24/2019) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for the resignation of another Islamophobic state official -- Sussex County Republican chairman Jerry Scanlan -- who allowed the party’s Twitter page to be used for racist, anti-Muslim and xenophobic tweets.

Scanlan, the county party chair since 2015, also serves as the vice chairman of Sussex County Community College, whose trustees on Tuesday said they would review the voluminous social media commentaries after four audience members raised objections during their 5 p.m. meeting.

One of the shared memes, from July 19, described four freshman Democratic congresswomen of color as the “Wh***s of Babble-on.” One retweet shows the 9/11 attack in New York and asks, “How did we go from this to being afraid of offending Muslims.”

SEE: ‘Racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic’ tweets shared by county GOP

https://www.nj.com/sussex-county/2019/07/racist-islamophobic-and-xenophobic-tweets-shared-county-gop.html

“While we can be certain that these tweets are not reflective of the values of the Sussex County Community College, we sincerely hope that this kind of bias-motivated mocking and intimidation is not reflective of the New Jersey Republican Party,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “If indeed it is not, Jerry Scanlan should be removed from his position as the county’s GOP chairman. New Jersey epitomizes a welcoming spirit of inclusivity that we are all proud of. Nobody wants to be dragged back to the dark ages of racism and bigotry that are characterized by these posts.”

Sues noted that this is second time in two days that the Muslim civil rights group has challenged anti-Muslim hate by state officials.  Just yesterday CAIR-NJ called for the resignation of Toms River Board of Education member Dan Leonard for anti-Muslim and racist Facebook posts.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Calls for Resignation of Board of Education Member Who Shared Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts

https://www.cair.com/cair_nj_calls_for_resignation_of_board_of_education_member_who_shared_anti_muslim_racist_posts

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ Calls for Resignation of Board of Education Member Who Shared Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 7/23/2019) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for the resignation of Toms River Board of Education member Dan Leonard who shared racist and Islamophobic posts on his Facebook account.

 

Leonard, who chairs the “Safety, Security and Transportation Committee” of the Toms River Board of Education shared a post depicting an image of Freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib with caption, “My life would be complete if she/they die. . .”

 

Other posts include an image of a bruised Barbie doll in a headscarf with the meme “Sharia Barbie, Comes with Jihab [sic], bruises, & Quran, Stoning accessories available for additional purchase.” and an image of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the comment, “Terrorist. . .100%.” [NOTE: “Jihab” is an apparent reference to the Islamic head scarf, or “hijab.”]

 

SEE ISLAMOPHOBIC POSTS:  https://tinyurl.com/NJIslamophobicPosts

"The bigoted, hateful and threatening social media posts shared by this elected board of education official serve to disqualify him for any position that has responsibility for the safety, security and well-being of New Jersey’s diverse student body,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. "The bigoted views expressed by Mr. Leonard have no place in an educational system that seeks to celebrate diversity and encourage students of all faiths and backgrounds to excel scholastically and to make positive contributions to our society. This is just a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes the current political climate at the national level.”

 

He noted that CAIR offers anti-bullying and bystander intervention workshops, as well as a free series of guides to explain relevant Muslim religious practices to employers, educators, healthcare providers, and law enforcement and correctional facility agents.

 

SEE: Guides to Muslim Religious Practices

https://www.cair.com/guides-to-muslim-religious-practices

 

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

 

SEE: CAIR-Colorado Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism Targeting Denver Church

https://www.cair.com/cair_colorado_calls_for_hate_crime_probe_of_vandalism_targeting_denver_church

 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

 

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Assault Targeting Latina Mom by School Bully Who Threatened Son

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/26/2019) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for a hate crime investigation of an incident in which the mother of a student at Passaic Gifted and Talented Academy School No. 20 was brutally beaten after complaining to a school vice principal about three students who threatened her son and told him “to go back to Mexico.”

On June 19, Beronica Ruiz, 35, was attacked as she pushed a stroller with her 1-year-old baby inside and her 12-year-old son walking with her. The woman was hospitalized for two days after a 13-year-old student – one of three who had been taunting her son, attacked her.

SEE: N.J. mom beaten unconscious by school bully who threatened her son in hate crime, lawyer says

https://www.nj.com/news/2019/06/nj-mom-beaten-unconscious-by-school-bully-who-threatened-her-son-in-hate-crime-lawyer-says.html

“Hateful acts of violence such as those allegedly carried out in Passaic must not be tolerated,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We expect local law enforcement to conduct a full investigation and determine the appropriate action. The apparently woeful neglect exhibited by the school administration also warrants a full investigation by the New Jersey Department of Education. Unfortunately, we are once again reminded of the poisonous political atmosphere that divides this country along religious and ethnic lines.”

Sues said CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

In a published report, CAIR noted a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office.

 

SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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