Lawmakers issue rebuke to Dwyer over Islam e-mail

General Assembly

April 08, 2004

More than 30 senators and delegates issued a public rebuke to Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. yesterday over what they described as a "prejudicial and hateful" e-mail he sent to all General Assembly members last week questioning whether Islam is a peaceful religion.

The lawmakers, all Democrats, released a statement criticizing the Anne Arundel County Republican's use of the Assembly's computer system to circulate an essay concluding that Muslims practice a warlike religion.

Separately, the Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading advocacy group for Muslims' civil rights, announced that it will hold a news conference today to call on the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics to conduct an inquiry into Dwyer's conduct.

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