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North Alabama mayor invites Muslim group for diversity training after 'bacon greased bullets' controversy
by Jonece Starr Dunigan
Employees of a north Alabama town will soon receive diversity training by an Islamic American civil rights group, Gurley officials said on Friday.
Gurley Mayor Robert Sentell made the decision nearly a week after police Chief Barry Pendergraft was accused by the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of spreading "anti-Muslim bigotry." The accusation stemmed from Pendergraft's Facebook posts about bacon-greased bullets last month. The organization asked state and federal authorities to investigate the posts in a statement on Oct. 7. Pendergraft has been the police chief for the town located in Madison County since April 2014.
CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed said the idea of bullets covered in bacon grease refers to "a theme often used by anti-Muslim bigots because they falsely believe Muslims cannot enter heaven if they are shot by such ammunition."
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