The head of Homeland Security’s faith-based, neighborhood partnerships initiative resigned on Thursday after controversial comments he made regarding the black and Muslim communities were brought to light.
CNN’s KFile uncovered past radio appearances where Rev. Jamie Johnson said that Islam has only contributed “oil and dead bodies” to society and accused black people of creating slums in major American cities.
“Acting Secretary Duke has accepted Rev. Jamie Johnson’s resignation as Director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at DHS. His comments made prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security clearly do not reflect the values of DHS and the administration. The Department thanks him for his recent work assisting disaster victims and the interfaith community,” DHS Press secretary Tyler Houlton told CNN in a statement.
Johnson apologized for his comments in a statement to CNN before he tendered his resignation.
“I regret the manner in which those thoughts were expressed in the past, but can say unequivocally that they do not represent my views personally or professionally.” he said.
In 2008 Johnson appeared on “The Right Balance” radio show and accused black people of being anti-Semitic and jealous of Jewish people.
“I think one of the reasons why is because Jewish people from their coming to America in great waves in the early part of the 1800’s immediately rolled up their sleeves and began to work so hard and applied themselves to education and other means of improvement and other means of climbing the, I hate this phrase, but the social ladder if you will,” he said. “And they have done exceptionally well for themselves. For only representing about 1.4% of America’s population, they make up 12% of America’s millionaires. Why? Because they work.
“And it’s an indictment of America’s black community that has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity,” he said.
An on an Iowa radio show, “Mickelson in the Morning,” he took aim at Islam.
“I never call it radical Islam, if anything, it is obedient Islam. It is faithful Islam,” he said.
“Just in the same way that we talk about nominal Christians — and we never say that as a compliment — you’re either a faithful and committed Christian, committed to the teachings and the writings of the laws and profits and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, or you’re just kind of wishy-washy. And what the media, and sadly too many people in our camp, the Republican Party, want to refer to as militant or radical Islam, they’re simply being obedient, aren’t they?” Johnson continued.
“Islam is not our friend” adding, “I agree with Dinesh D’Souza, your friend and mine, who says all that Islam has ever given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millennia and a half,” he said. “It is not a religion of peace.”
He made similar anti-Islam statements in 2011 on the same show.
“Jews do not want to cut our heads off, Muslims want to cut our heads off. Jews who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are our friends, they will always be our friends, and the best supporter of the Jewish believer is the Christian who understands that Jesus was a Jew,” he said.
And again in 2013 when he called the Muslim faith an “ideology posing that is as a religion.”
“We need to have somebody who understands that there is an ideology that is posing as a religion that is standing against everything that America was built upon and everything that is basically rooted in a Judeo Christian tradition,” he said. “And that is Islam. We have to have somebody who understands the Islamic threat to American freedoms.”
In 2016 he took issue with former President George W. Bush referring to Islam as a religion of peace after the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001.
“I always believe that in the days following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and also on the Pentagon,” he said. “That George W. Bush made a critical mistake that we are still in a sense paying for. He began to say a phrase that no one had ever said before in popular political culture, which is that Islam is a religion of peace.”
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