Muslims, LGBT advocates prepare to fight Mark Green's nomination as Army secretary
WASHINGTON — State Sen. Mark Green is facing more opposition over his nomination to become Army secretary.
A Muslim advocacy group announced last week it will oppose Green’s nomination because of past statements he made that the organization considers derogatory toward the Islamic faith and its followers.
“His Islamophobic, anti-Muslim comments demonstrate he is not able to lead a diverse, modern Army that includes Muslim soldiers, as well as maintain good relations with allied Muslim countries fighting the war on terrorism,” said Robert McCaw, government affairs director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.
A prominent civil rights coalition also raised concerns about Green’s nomination.
“There are aspects of his record that we find highly troubling,” said Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president for policy for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “We look forward to full scrutiny of his qualifications and views by the Senate.”