FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 7/26/2018) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Corey Booker in condemning the hateful rhetoric coming from NJ 101.5 radio hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, who referred to NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal as “Turban Man” on air yesterday.
The hosts of the “Dennis and Judi” radio show repeatedly referred to the attorney general as “Turban Man” and “the guy with the turban” during a discussion on proposals to decriminalize marijuana in New Jersey. On Wednesday night, the radio hosts were suspended by the station until further notice.
SEE: NJ 101.5 Suspends Hosts After They Called NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal 'Turban Man'
Dennis Malloy, Judi Franco Off New Jersey 101.5 Until Further Notice
“The mockery of religious attire in a public forum cannot be tolerated in a state in which religious and cultural diversity are celebrated and vigorously defended,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “These bigoted comments are a symptom of the legitimization of hateful rhetoric nationwide that has occurred under the Trump administration. We applaud Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Corey Booker for their courage and leadership in taking a stand against hate.”
Grewal who is Sikh and, as such, wears a turban was appointed by Phil Murphy to be New Jersey’s Attorney General earlier in the year. He is the first Sikh American to be appointed to a cabinet post in the State of New Jersey.
[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
CAIR recently released a report documenting an unprecedented rise in bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims linked to Trump’s election.
SEE: CAIR's 2018 Civil Rights Report Offers Data on Impact of Growing Anti-Muslim Bias
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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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