(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 2/8/2019) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for the dismissal of three Hamilton Township municipal employees who shared racist and Islamophobic posts to their Facebook accounts.
Robert DiPastina, who works for the township public works department, and his wife Colleen DiPastina, who works as a civilian Hamilton Police secretary, each shared a post depicting an image of a bearded man in a Muslim shullcap sitting on a toilet with the caption, “This is a Muslim. They don’t use toilet paper. They use their hand. This is Starbucks. They vow to hire 10,000 Muslims.”
Hamilton Township engineering aide Kenneth Enderle shared a graphic featuring happy face emojis as background to the statement, “I haven’t seen this many Democrats dressed in white since they created the KKK.” The reference was to the female Democrats who wore white clothing at President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address as a tribute to suffragists.
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“The social media posts shared by these municipal employees are offensive and hateful,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “The bigoted views expressed by these municipal employees do a disservice to the welcoming and diverse community that New Jersey truly is and should not be tolerated by any government agency. This is just a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes the current political climate at the national level.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, firstname.lastname@example.org