Tuesday, November 10, 2015
DALLAS – An anti-Muslim post that has now been removed from Dallas City Councilor Micky Garus’ Facebook pages has the Washington Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) calling for the council “to repudiate” the first-term councilor's comments.
Garus posted the lengthy comments on Nov. 7, saying in part that Islam is “pure evil” and that “Muslims pose a grave threat to our culture, country and race.”
CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari said statements like that from elected officials and people in positions of leadership “sends a really strong and dangerous message” to Muslims and non-Muslims alike in this country.
“Councilor Garus has the right to hold bigoted views, but such extremist and un-American opinions raise serious questions about his ability to represent constituents of all faiths and backgrounds,” Bukhari said in a statement. “The city council must take a stance again Islamophobia by clearly repudiating Councilor Garus’ bigoted views, not only by affirming American values of religious freedom but also by speaking about the lives and contributions of the more than 50,000 Oregon Muslim children and families.”
Garus’ post was in response to news that the city of Hamtramck, Mich., elected a majority Muslim city council.
Garus has not returned a call requesting comment.
For more on this story, read the Nov. 18 edition of the I-O.