CAIR-Pittsburgh Welcomes Resignation of Islamophobic Pennsylvania Official

(PITTSBURGH, PA, 7/15/19) – The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resignation of Robinson Township Republican Committee Chairman Jack Cairns over vitriolic and violent Islamophobic Facebook posts about Muslims.

SEE: Robinson Township Republican Committee chair resigns over Islamophobic Facebook posts

Last Friday, CAIR-Pittsburgh called for Cairns’ resignation after releasing screenshots of his Islamophobic posts.

SEE: CAIR-Pittsburgh Calls for Resignation of Pennsylvania GOP Official Over Violently Islamophobic Facebook Posts


“We welcome this resignation and hope it serves as a clear statement to all that hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated,” said CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania. “We look forward to continuing to educate and serve the community, fight bigotry and dispel hateful stereotypes of Muslims and Islam.”

Lasania also thanked the Republican Committee of Allegheny County for condemning the posts and affirming its commitment to the growth and prosperity of all residents regardless of religion.

SEE: Statement on CAIR Pittsburgh Call for Resignation of Mr. Jack Cairns

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania, 412-606-3601,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,