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American-Islamic group wants NY GOP Senate candidate to apologize
by Mark Weiner
A Muslim civil liberties group demanded an apology Tuesday from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long over a series of tweets she sent about a former Catholic church in Syracuse that was converted into a mosque.
Afaf Nasher, executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Long's tweets were intended to raise fear about the Muslim community that has settled on Syracuse's North Side.
"Once again we see a Republican candidate stoking anti-Muslim bigotry based on stereotypes and falsehoods," Nasher said in a statement. "We demand that Ms. Long apologize for the harm she has done to the Syracuse Muslim community."
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