National Muslim civil rights organization condemns Sheriff Hammond's warning about Islam

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond speaks about the recent cancellations of inmate visitations that have occurred last minute due to limited staffing.

A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today spoke out against Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond's Monday claim that Islam is "communism with a god" and a threat against constitutional government.

photo Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond

The Council on American-Islamic Relations asked state and federal officials to step up protection of Tennessee Muslims today. On Monday, Hammond urged other Tennessee sheriffs to keep a close eye on Islamic activity. He claimed federal officials are ignoring "the strongest infringement that we've had in our country as a constitutional government since communism."

brahim Hooper, CAIR's national communications director, called Hammond's statements disturbing.

"Given Sheriff Hammond's extremist views and his stated plan to act on and spread those views, it is incumbent on state and federal officials to take appropriate action to protect the civil and legal rights of the state's Muslim population," Hooper said.