Friday, March 10, 2006
The head chaplain for the New York’s jails has been suspended while the city investigates incendiary statements he allegedly made last year, including a comment that the “greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House".
The New York Post reported the remarks were captured on an audiotape last April by the Investigative Project, a counterterrorism group, as the chaplain, Umar Abdul-Jalil, addressed a conference sponsored by the Muslim Students Association in Tucson, Arizona.
In the speech, Abdul-Jalil also allegedly said that Muslims jailed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were “tortured” in the Manhattan Correctional Centre.
Abdul-Jalil, a prominent imam from the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan, was put on paid administrative leave yesterday while officials review the remarks.
“We’ll take a look at what he said and what the laws are in terms of what he is allowed to say. He is a civil service employee, and we can’t prejudge, but we are going to look at it this afternoon,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
Source: Ireland On Line. D.H.: The Emperor has no clothes.
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