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Muslim group wants Orange councilman to apologize for 9/11 remark

September 15, 2011 |  1:46 pm

From the Facebook page of Jon Dumitru, you’d learn that the councilman from Orange is inspired by Abraham Lincoln, William Howard Taft and Ronald Reagan, that he speaks five languages and loves food trucks, Xbox games and Texas Hold ‘Em, as well as movies including “The Hangover” and “Top Gun.”

But his recent remarks blaming Muslims for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are what's suddenly getting attention.

The comments, in conjunction with the anniversary of the attacks, prompted representatives of the local Muslim community Thursday to ask for an apology.

Dumitru's posting reads as follows:

“It was 10 years ago today that most Americans learned first hand of the teachings of Islam and the Koran being filled with messages of peace....as they killed thousands of our fellow Americans! Today I remember those lost, left behind, and those across the world searching for these pure evil terrorists and dispatching them from this world! WE WILL NEVER FORGET, WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE!”

The posting was apparently deleted from Dumitru’s main news feed after the OC Weekly wrote about it, but as of Thursday, it could still be found via a link from his Facebook page.

The Greater Los Angeles Council on American-Islamic Relations on Thursday called for an apology.

“Your hateful statement in which you falsely insinuate that the teachings of Islam and the Quran would allow the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is deeply troubling to all Muslims, including many who live in your city,” wrote Executive Director Hussam Ayloush of CAIR-LA in a letter to Dumitru.

“So far we have not heard from him,” said spokeswoman Munira Syeda. “We hope he’ll apologize and meet with his Muslim constituents and get to know them better. Then he will see how they are a positive force in the community.”

Attempts to reach Dumitru through his listed emails and through the city of Orange were not successful Thursday morning.

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