Dismiss Allegedly Anti-Muslim Planning Commissioner


Target: Andre Quintero, Mayor of El Monte, California

Goal: Fire city Planning Commissioner who reportedly wants to ban Islam from the entire country.

Governments around the world need to come together to ban Islam from being practiced, according to comments alleged made by El Monte, California Planning Commissioner Art Barrios. Mosques around the country already face enough opposition to being built as it is—they do not need ostensibly impartial planning authorities working against them, too. Demand that Barrios be removed from his position at once.

China has made international headlines for taking extreme action against the practice of Islam in its country. Barrios apparently thinks this is a wonderful idea. In an article titled “China Makes Major Moves to Ban Islam” that he posted on his Facebook profile, Barrios reportedly commented: “Sounds good maybe the rest of the world should do the same.”

Barrios is free to have his bigoted beliefs, but El Monte should not tolerate such views in a person meant to have the public’s trust. His hateful attitudes toward Islam and Muslims suggest that he will not be able to fulfill his duties as Planning Commissioner in an impartial and fair way if he ever needs to interface with them during the course of his duties.

Proposing to ban Islam is profoundly undemocratic and hateful. Sign the petition below to demand that the El Monte City Council dismiss Barrios from his role as Planning Commissioner at once over his alleged bigotry.


Dear Mayor Quintero,

I am writing you today regarding your city’s Planning Commissioner, Art Barrios, and some comments he allegedly made on his public Facebook profile. His remarks were hateful and anti-Muslim and should not be tolerated in your city’s government.

According to reports, Barrios raised up China’s treatment of Islam and Muslims as the right idea and something the United States and other countries should emulate. In reference to an article highlighting how China is adopting measures to ban Islam’s practice within its borders, Barrios allegedly commented: “Sounds good maybe the rest of the world should do the same.”

Needless to say, this kind of attitude is far beyond the pale for any public servant in your city. For one, the Chinese government does not have a history with human rights that the United States should hold in high esteem. Beyond that, the United States was founded on the principles of freedom of religion—banning Islam would fly in the face of that history.

While Barrios is free to have bigoted views of Islam as a private citizen, he cannot be trusted to fulfill his duties as Planning Commissioner with impartiality. I demand that you and the rest of your city council dismiss Barrios from his position at once.


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