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New Resignations From Hate Crimes Panel

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A member of the Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes says it’s unfortunate other members are resigning over Louis Farrakhan’s most recent comments.

Four Jewish members of the panel say they have resigned in protest because their colleague, Claudette Marie Muhammad, won’t denounce anti-Semitic slurs made by Farrakhan.

Muhammad is a member of the commission and minister of protocol at the Nation of Islam.

That’s the group Farrakhan heads.

Fellow Commissioner Rick Garcia says Muhammad should be judged on the work she’s done, not the comments of Farrakhan.

“And I think what is so sad about this situation is if this small commission of people cannot come to some understanding and agreement through discussion and dialogue, what hope do we have for the rest of the world?” Garcia asked.

Controversy stirred last week when Muhammad invited all the members of the commission to attend the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day address.

At the speech, Farrakhan said quote “false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood ... promoting lesbianism and homosexuality.”

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Muhammad to the commission last year.

The governor has denounced Farrakhan’s comments, but says Muhammad shouldn’t be guilty by association.

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