WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on public officials to act to protect the civil rights of Tennessee's Muslim community following anti-Islam remarks by another of that state's sheriffs.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond told members of the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club on Monday that he plans to urge other Tennessee sheriffs to monitor Muslims in their jurisdictions. Hammond also claimed that Muslims are planning to take over the state and said, "Islam is communism with a god."
"[Islam is] a state, wrapped in a religion so they can get the tax breaks, so they cannot have government intrusion into their mosques. They are able to use our own system against us," Hammond said. "Islam is very good at what they do. They have built a structure to take over this country. And many of the pieces are in place."
SEE: Islam is Communism with a God, Sheriff Jim Hammond Says
Video: Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond's Speech at the Pachyderm Club
"Given Sheriff Hammond's extremist views and his stated plan to act on and spread those views, it is incumbent on state and federal officials to take appropriate action to protect the civil and legal rights of the state's Muslim population," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
CAIR recently called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the civil rights implications of "raw anti-Muslim bigotry" expressed by another Tennessee sheriff who claims President Obama is a Muslim who "belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood" and says he plans to monitor law-abiding members of the local Muslim community.
SEE: CAIR to Ask for DOJ Probe of Tenn. Sheriff's 'Raw Anti-Muslim Bigotry'
CAIR: Muslim Community Outraged by Tenn. Sheriff's Comments
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)