Mechanic for Mount Vernon FD calls Islam ‘socio-political cult’



Mount Vernon metropolis officers despatched a transparent message {that a} Fb submit by a mechanic for town’s fireplace division calling Islam a “socio-political cult” will not be tolerated.  

Throughout Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, Robert Versace mentioned in a Fb submit, “Keep in mind that Islam isn’t a faith. It’s a socio-political cult utilizing spiritual trappings in the direction of its purpose of dominating the West. As a result of it’s not a faith however is as a substitute a menace to our lifestyle, it’s not an affront to the idea of ‘freedom of faith’ to place this cult as an alternative: out of America! Muslims must be banned from all public workplaces and positions of authority and prohibited from constructing mosques or proselytizing.” 

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The submit has since been eliminated, however the display screen shot was saved and posted on Black Westchester Journal’s web site. 

Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard mentioned it is a personnel subject and shall be dealt with internally, however condemned the remark in an emailed assertion. 

“An announcement like that is reprehensible and doesn’t mirror the values of the Metropolis of Mount Vernon or my administration. Our metropolis isn’t solely numerous however inclusive and we is not going to tolerate hate speech and bigotry,” the mayor mentioned. “We’re within the means of increasing workers coaching to incorporate implicit and express bias and different vital matters.

“We’re disillusioned that this has occurred particularly contemplating that that is the sacred season of Ramadan,” Howard mentioned. 

Hearth Commissioner Deborah Norman mentioned in an emailed assertion that this matter shall be taken “very critically.”

“Because the Hearth Commissioner I’m taking this matter very critically and won’t tolerate any member of the division attacking any spiritual group(s) no matter mentioned particular person(s) posting something on their very own private social media account,” Norman mentioned. “This unacceptable rhetoric shall be addressed instantly.”

She added that the hearth division could be very numerous with members of all religions, race, ethnicity and gender.

“This particular person’s postings/views and or opinions by no means displays the views of the Mount Vernon Hearth Division it is members or directors interval,” Norman mentioned. 

Twitter: @ChrisEberhart2

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