TN Mayor Defends Anti-Islamic E-Mail: Says He Has ‘Muslim Friends’

September 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Johnny Piper, Republican Mayor of Clarksville, TN, has come under fire for forwarding an anti-Islamic e-mail to city employees, which calls on all “patriotic Americans” to boycott a special edition, U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating two Islamic holidays. The forwarded e-mail also falsely claims that President Obama directed the Postal Service to create the EID holiday stamp, when in fact it was first issued in 2001 under the Bush administration.

Despite the obvious falsehoods and bigotry displayed in the viral e-mail, Mayor Piper stands by his forwarding of it saying, “I don’t see any reason why it would be inappropriate.”

The inflammatory e-mail has been making the rounds as a chain e-mail since 2002, but was recently changed to add the false accusation that President Obama ordered the Postal Service to “remember and honor the EID Muslim holiday season with a new commemorative 42 cent first class holiday postage stamp.”

The e-mail also states, “Can anyone be surprised that A Muslim Communist OBAM [sic] would direct the Post Office to do this?”

The e-mail asks readers to remember “Muslim” terrorist attacks against the U.S, including 9/11 and the bombing of the USS Cole. The email then states:

“To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.”

“REMEMBER: Pass this along to every Patriotic AMERICAN that you know and let’s get the word out!!!”

According to the USPS, the stamp “commemorates the two most important festivals, or eids in the Islamic calendar and was first issued in 2001 and reissued in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Mayor Piper denies that the e-mail is racist and anti-Islamic saying, “I don’t believe, just for the record, that all Muslims are linked together with radical Muslims that are out to harm Americans … I have several good Muslim friends.” But the e-mail just attacks Muslims in general and not “radical Muslims.”

Piper said, “I read it and thought about the bombings of our buildings, of our national buildings.” “In my mind, it presented an image of mass death at the hands of Muslims,” said Piper.

Piper further claims he forwarded the inflammatory e-mail to city employees as a public service to provide “information” that others could make up their own minds about.

“I was surprised at a stamp being developed, and would have thought others would be, too,” he said. Piper also said he was struck by the reminder of several terrorist attacks against Americans.

Piper made no mention of the false claims made against President Obama.

This is not the first time Mayor Piper has shown himself to be racially insensitive. He came under fire in 2007 for refusing to meet with the president of the local chapter of the NAACP.

Source: Think Progress


2 Responses to “TN Mayor Defends Anti-Islamic E-Mail: Says He Has ‘Muslim Friends’”

  1. Christopherl on September 8th, 2009 4:23 pm

    I applaud this man. Islam is the anti-thesis of America and it should of never been allowed to be practiced here in the first place.

    Muslims cause the same problems across the world. It is time to end their immigration into America.

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  2. Don’t Send that Email, Johnny on September 9th, 2009 5:31 pm

    […] to, Johnny said “I was surprised at a stamp being developed, and would have thought others would […]

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