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IL senate rejects human rights commission member's reappointment

Fri, 18 May 2012 09:25:07 CDT

A longtime member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission has been denied another term because of material on his website about the Nation of Islam. Munir Muhammad is an official in the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam for decades. The coalition's website includes a statement saying "race mixing" and interracial marriage should be prohibited. Supporters of Muhammad's appointment say he's not responsible for web posts, that the offending language would be removed. But Senator Dale Righter, a Republican from Mattoon, opposed Muhammad's appointment:


"The notion that this website is nothing other than some kind of documentary of someone's beliefs is simply not accurate. And the reason we know that is because it's still on the website, yet today, a month after he said they would come down apparently."

It's not clear from the website whether the coalition endorses that view or is presenting it to show what Elijah Muhammad believed. A link on the site to a page titled "Our Beliefs," was not accessible after the debate. Munir Muhammad has served on the Human Rights Commission since 2003, winning praise for his work, but his nomination to serve again failed 20 to 30 in the Senate Thursday.

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