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Religious leaders unite to denounce comments made by state representative

A group of religious leaders coming together to denounce statements about Muslims made by State Representative Tim Kelly. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. - A group of religious leaders coming together to denounce statements about Muslims made by State Representative Tim Kelly.

The statements were made in a blog post in 2009, shortly after a Nigerian man tried to detonate a bomb aboard plane headed to Detroit.

The newspaper "Education Week" reports that Kelly, who represents Saginaw County, was taken out of consideration for a job in the Trump Administration in the Department of Education.

This afternoon members of the Ezekiel Project called on Kelly to apologize.

"Anyone who's fueling hatred for any people needs to know especially if they're a leader that they are going to be held to a higher accountability and it is absolutely unacceptable...but with that being said we do forgive him for his statements,” said Imam Safwad Eid with the Islamic Center of Saginaw.

Multiple phone calls were made and a voicemail left to Representative Tim Kelly's office for his response to the press conference, he has not yet responded.

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