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Anti-Islam T-Shirt Goes On Sale At U.S. Military Base, Outrage Follows

An anti-Islam T-shirt was on sale at the Fort Carson military base in Colorado.

According to the Colorado Springs Independent, the offensive shirt was being sold as recently as Nov. 2.

The clothing featured the Statue of Liberty wearing an Islamic burqa with the message: "Don't Let This Happen To America." The star and crescent symbol of Islam appeared on the famous torch.

The T-shirt was sold at a kiosk inside a mall outside the post exchange on the U.S. Army base, notes The Associated Press.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service told the vendor 'Merica Apparel to stop selling the shirt because it violated military rules against merchandise with religious or political messages.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation told AP that one of its clients had filed a complaint about the T-shirt.

Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of MRFF, stated in a press release on Nov. 3:

"On behalf of its almost 43,000 armed forces active duty and veteran clients, which includes approximately 13.5% of all Muslim-Americans serving in the United States military, and its 224 clients stationed at Fort Carson, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) expresses unmitigated outrage that the Army leadership at Fort Carson permitted the selling of that virulently Islamophobic and disgusting T-Shirt at its official Post Exchange store.

"The juxtaposition of that shocking image and text message on that T-Shirt epitomizes the wretched plight of prejudice and bigotry which innocent Muslim-Americans all too often suffer while so honorably serving in today's service branches.

"... MRFF demands that the Army Inspector General's Office in Washington, D.C., initiate an immediate and aggressive investigation of this sordid event and that all Fort Carson personnel who either directly or indirectly allowed this travesty to happen be appropriately and visibly punished."

Sources: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Colorado Springs Independent, AP via The New York Times / Photo credit: Courtesy Military Religious Freedom Foundation


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