ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR) is asking for an apology from a state representative for allegedly forwarding an anti-Muslim email.
The Riverfront Times first reported the story May 2 after they were forwarded the email from an unhappy recipient. They say State Rep. Rick Stream from Kirkwood sent an email Tuesday, April 30 at 11:21 p.m. from his legislative email address quoting Winston Churchill, saying in part, "Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it."
The RFT posted the entire email on its website.
On Wednesday, CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, who lives in Stream's district, said, "This is not an isolated incident, rather we've witnessed a trend of growing anti-Islam remarks and sentiments at the state capitol that the leadership refuses to acknowledge or take any action against."
CAIR-St. Louis has started a petition on Change.org asking for an official apology. They are also encouraging people to contact Rep. Stream to express concerns.
Rep. Stream sent a response Tuesday evening to the RFT saying in part, "My forwarding of the email does not in any way represent an endorsement of its content." The entire response is posted on the RFT's website.