Tennessee Mayor Defends Sending Out Anti-Muslim E-mail
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Johnny Piper, the mayor of Clarksville, TN, recently forwarded an anti-Muslim email urging all " patriotic Americans" to protest a U.S. Postal Service stamp that commemorates an Islamic holiday. Piper’s email falsely claims that the creation of the Eid stamp was ordered by President Obama. In fact, the stamp was first issued in 2001, during the Bush administration. It was reissued in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Nevertheless, Piper is defending his email:
"I don’t see any reason why it would be inappropriate," Piper said.
He said he forwarded the e-mail to provide "information" that others could make up their own minds about.
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.