(ANAHEIM, CA, 2/13/15) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called on California State Assemblymember Melissa Melendez to apologize for an “irresponsible” tweet using the hashtag #standupagainstIslam that seemed to equate the actions the ISIS terrorist group with all Muslims.
She tweeted: “Gut wrenching news today. American Kayla Mueller murdered by Islamic savages. There MUST be consequences. MM #standupagainstIslam”
Haroon Manjlai, CAIR-LA’s Public Affairs Coordinator said:
“Statements like these cause mistrust and fear of Islam and Muslims. It is unbecoming of a public elected official to issue such bigoted statements. Hate rhetoric can and does lead to hate crimes against people. We call on Assemblymember Melendez to retract and apologize for her anti-Muslim comment and for smearing the faith of more than 1.6 billion Muslims.”
The civil rights organization said it will reach out to Assembly Member Melendez to share information about Islam and Muslims in her district and across the states to increase her familiarity with her community.