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Lawmaker defends comments Muslim group calls 'racist'
by Nick Caloway
A Tennessee lawmaker is responding to accusations she posted racist comments on social media.
On a Facebook post referring to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), urging potential Republican presidential candidates to reject Islamophobia and reach out to American Muslim voters, State Rep. Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) wrote: "It is time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this Country."
The reference to "NAAWP" appears to refer to the National Association for the Advancement of White People, which is a twist on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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