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Mark Williams Apologizes To HINDUS For Saying Muslims Worship 'Monkey God'

Huffington Post   First Posted: 05/20/10 12:20 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:30 PM ET

Mark Williams

Tea Party leader Mark Williams, under fire for saying Muslims worship a "monkey god," has apologized -- to Hindus.

In another post on his blog, Williams writes:

A few days ago I wrote an article critical of a monument to the 911 hijackers to be built at Ground Zero and scheduled to open on 9/11/11. I can only assume the date is only to emphasize the perverted message of the monument. The only thing sicker is that Americans will not only allow it but that they will defend it.


In the course of the article I described the "god" worshiped by terrorists as "a monkey god". I was wrong and that was offensive. I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God.

Moreover, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of perseverance, strength and devotion. He is known as a destroyer of evil and to inspire and liberate. Those are hardly the traits of whatever the Hell (literally) it is that terrorists worship and worthy of my respect and admiration not ridicule.

So, again, to my Hindu friends I offer my sincerest apologies for my horrible lapse and my insensitivity. It was unintentional, inexplicably ignorant and I am ashamed at my offense toward you.

He did not apologize to Muslims, and has since password-protected the original inflammatory blog post.

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