Illinois State Police Sued over Muslim Chaplain Flap

August 30, 2010 - 6:39 PM
An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois State Police alleging discrimination when the agency revoked the appointment of the agency's first Muslim chaplain.
Chicago (AP) - An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois State Police alleging discrimination when the agency revoked the appointment of the agency's first Muslim chaplain.
 
Kifah Mustapha, a Chicago-area imam, was named a chaplain in December. His appointment was revoked months later with little explanation.
 
The lawsuit alleges the agency was swayed by allegations from the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism claiming Mustapha was a "radical fundraiser." Mustapha hasn't been charged.
 
The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Chicago office filed the complaint Monday in federal court, alleging religious and racial discrimination among other things. Mustapha is Lebanese of Palestinian descent.
 
A state police spokesman declined to comment.