Homeland Security’s head of faith-based outreach, Rev. Jamie Johnson, resigned on Thursday after CNN resurfaced racist comments he made on conservative radio shows in recent years.
Johnson, who was appointed in April by then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, lead the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. But Johnson’s appearance on “The Right Balance” in 2008 strongly suggests that community outreach might not be one of his strengths!
During the discussion, Johnson said he thought black people were anti-Semitic out of jealousy. He went on to say that black people had “turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use, and sexual promiscuity.” You can listen to the Reverend’s decidedly appalling comments below:
In another interview, this time on Iowa’s “Mickelson in the Morning,” Johnson revealed his demonstrably vile Islamophobia. “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,” Johnson proudly announced. “It is not a religion of peace.”
Homeland Security apparently doesn’t share Johnson’s blatantly racist and Islamophobic sentiments — but given the whole travel ban thing, DHS’ attempt to wash its hands of Johnson seems like nothing more than empty words.
“His comments made prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security clearly do not reflect the values of DHS and the administration,” said acting press secretary Tyler Houlton in a statement on Thursday.
Prior to announcing his resignation, Johnson released an equally as unconvincing and insincere statement of his own. “Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities I now see things much differently,” Johnson said in a statement provided to CNN. “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.”