Promoting “bigotry and hatred” those are the words used by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) about a retweet by US President Donald Trump. The retweet was condemned after a Sikh temple in California was sprayed with white supremacist and neo-Nazi graffiti.
The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) criticized Trump for retweeting a doctored image showing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer wearing a turban and hijab while standing in front of the Iranian flag, reports Newsweek.
— داون آندر (@D0wn_Under) January 13, 2020
The image, which Trump retweeted from another account, was posted by the president hours after “white power” and a swastika was sprayed on a sign in front of the Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Center in Orangevale.
CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights group in the U.S, said that Trump’s mockery of Islam would further endanger the lives of American Muslims as well as those in the Sikh community. CAIR noted that Sikh men who wear traditional religious attire are often “targeted by bigots” who mistake them for Muslims.
“With one retweet of a bigoted, doctored photo, Trump has put entire communities at risk nationwide,” CAIR Sacramento Valley/Central California Executive Director Basim Elkarra said in a statement.
“Muslims and Sikhs are already among the top three religious groups—along with the Jewish community—targeted in U.S. hate incidents. It is unacceptable for the nation’s top government official to espouse bigotry and hatred. We need to come together and say, ‘Enough is enough!'”
The far-right graffiti was spotted by members of the Sikh community on Monday morning (January 13) and has since been painted over.
“We’re a very peaceful religion,” Dimple Bhullar, who found the graffiti, told The Sacramento Bee. “We accept all religions as equal and just want the respect from other religions that we give to them. We would appreciate the same for any of our places of worship.”
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