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Ill. Senate rejects Muslim member of rights panel

The Ill. State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
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The Ill. State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

A longtime member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission has been denied another term because of material on his website about the Nation of Islam.

Munir Muhammad is an official in the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam for decades. The coalition's website includes a statement saying "race mixing" and interracial marriage should be prohibited.

It's not clear from the website whether the coalition endorses that view or is presenting it to show what Elijah Muhammad believed.

Munir Muhammad has served on the Human Rights Commission since 2003, winning praise for his work.

But his nomination to serve again failed 20-30 Thursday in the Illinois Senate.