Were the Muslims civil rights violated ‘we are growing a Christian community and don’t let anybody shy away that ? A Muslim group has filed a federal civil rights complaint over the Lancaster mayor’s remarks about “growing a Christian community.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says Mayor R. Rex Parris violated the civil rights of non-Christians last week during his state of the city address.

The civil rights group says it sent the complaint letter to the Department of Justice on Friday.

The group says Parris shouldn’t have used his official capacity at the city event to advance a particular religion.

Mayor R. Rex Parris made the remarks at the end of his annual State of the City address last week.

Parris has said he won’t apologize for the remarks.

He urged residents to support a city ballot measure that would authorize daily prayers invoking a specific diety, such as Jesus, at city council meetings.

Parris explained that anyone who leads a prayer in a city meeting should be able to invoke any deity he or she chooses.

In his speech, Parris said ‘we are growing a Christian community and don’t let anybody shy away from that.”

The Greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has denounced the comments.

The chapter says it plans to file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Justice Department.


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