The Crescent Report

February 23, 2010

CAIR Thanks Fla. Sheriff for Response to Anti-Islam E-Mail

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 4:17 pm

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/23/10) – A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today thanked a Florida sheriff for his “prompt and professional” response to the circulation of an anti-Islam message by members of his department using official e-mail addresses.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it received a complaint that two staffers of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office forwarded an e-mail urging “patriotic Americans” to protest a U.S. Postal Service “Eid” stamp marking the two major Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha at the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca. (The Eid stamp was first issued in 2001 and was re-issued several times as prices increased. The 44-cent version was issued last September.)

The e-mail, with the subject line “DO NOT BUY THIS STAMP,” falsely claims the stamp is new and that its creation was ordered by President Obama. It also states: “REMEMBER to adamantly & vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, when you are purchasing your stamps at the post office…To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.”

Sheriff Donald F. Eslinger today told CAIR that the anti-Islam message is not representative of his department and that the staffers in question have been reminded of the policy prohibiting such actions.

“We thank Sheriff Eslinger for his prompt and professional response to this incident and for his rejection of intolerance,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Our research and experience show that the best way to challenge anti-Islam stereotyping and falsehoods is through education and outreach.”

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