A New Jersey deputy mayor has reportedly resigned after a local committee called out his Islamophobic Facebook post.
According to NJ.com, Raritan Township Mayor Jeffrey Kuhl condemned Deputy Mayor Lou Reiners Sept. 14 post on Facebook. The post includes aphoto of a fire erupting from a nuclear explosion with a caption that reads, Some cancers must be treated with radiation. Islam is one of them. The post had been removed from Kuhls profile by Friday.
Reiner, who was reportedly responding to the attack on Saudi oil tankers the U.S. government blames Iran for, also said in an interview that Islam is an evil religion, its a violent religion.
The religion is a cancer the Islamic position is in fact a cancer, he said, according to a neighborhood news siteTapInto. Reiner also reportedly said that this view didnt apply to all Muslims, but only to the Quran.
He then said that President Donald Trump would will do the right thing when talking about expecting an attack on Iran to secure interest of allies. Its not clear if hes aware that Saudi Arabia has amajorityMuslim nation.
He also defended his Facebook post as a figure of speech.
I do not believe, nor do I support the use of nuclear weapons against Islamic countries, he reportedly said. But the religion is a cancer and has to be dealt with accordingly.
He later apologized for his comments, but the Raritan Township decided to take appropriate action, NJ.com reported.
On Wednesday, Reiner stepped down, and the Township shared a resolution censuring him for his derogatory, discriminatory and offensive public statements.
On Friday, the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) New Jersey applauded this move.
CAIR-NJ welcomes the resignation of Raritan Deputy Louis Reiner after he reportedly posted a series of threatening Islamophobic messages on his personal Facebook page.#CAIR #NJ #Raritan https://t.co/aGz9jsrZUZ
— CAIR New Jersey (@CAIRNJ) October 4, 2019
The bigoted, hateful and threatening social media posts shared by this elected official are symptomatic of the Islamophobia that grips this country today, CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues said in a statement. Bigoted views such as these should not be tolerated by any government agency.