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Ocean City, Maryland: Home of Religious Bigotry?

Anti-Islamic bigotry and hatred are coming to the coastal vacation town of Ocean City, Md. As part of the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast with Mayor Rick Meehan on January 26, retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin of the US Army has been chosen to be the special speaking guest; unfortunately he will be bringing his hateful, racist beliefs with him.

Lieutenant General Boykin has been continuously outspoken in his views that Islam is not a religion, but “a totalitarian way of life,” and that it “should not be protected under the First Amendment.” He has also stated that Muslims should not be allowed to build mosques in America, that there be no interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and that Christians must go on the offensive against Islam.

Ocean City bills itself as a family-friendly destination for people across the whole country. A prayer breakfast in the Mayor's name and attended by the city council is not a place where this sort of intolerance should be promoted.

Ask Mayor Meehan to have his name removed from the event, refuse to attend with Boykin, oppose the bigoted views of his guest, and support the inclusion of all Americans, including Muslim Americans.  We are also asking the City Council to refuse to attend.

You can read more about it here:

http://www.marylandjuice.com/2012/01/ocean-city-mayors-special-guest-says-no.html

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-islam-activist-keynote-ocean-city-mayors-prayer-breakfast

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/checkpoint-washington/post/an-army-officer-years-on-still-a-lightning-rod/2012/01/23/gIQA4slyKQ_blog.html

This petition was delivered to:
  • Mayor of Ocean City, Maryland
    Rick Meehan
  • City Council Member
    Joseph T Hall II
  • City Council Member
    Mary Knight
  • City Council Member
    Margaret Pillas
  • City Council President
    James S. Hall
  • City Council Secretary
    Lloyd Martin
  • City Council Member
    Brent Ashley
  • City Council Member
    Doug Cymek


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