- The Washington Times - Monday, December 21, 2015

Miss Puerto Rico 2015 has been suspended indefinitely after she launched into an hours-long Twitter tirade against Islam.

The Miss Puerto Rico Organization announced Saturday that it was suspending Destiny Velez after she went off on liberal filmmaker Michael Moore last week for starting a social media campaign that encouraged people to take photographs of themselves holding signs that say “We are all Muslim.”

“There’s NO comparison between Jews, Christians & Muslims. Jews nor Christians have terrorizing agendas in their sacred books,” Ms. Velez tweeted from her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon. “All [Muslims] do is build their mosques, feel offended by American values and terrorize innocent Americans and plant gas stations.

“If we are all the same then Muslims need to take off their napkins off of their heads cuz I feel offended by it,” she wrote. “Many pull out the card of Muslims serving in our military. Are they in the military cuz they love our nation or to acquire benefits.”

The Miss Puerto Rico Organization issued a statement on Facebook Saturday saying Ms. Velez’s words do not represent the “integrity and esteem” of the program.

“Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the organization, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely,” the statement said. “The Miss Puerto Rico Organization will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organization. … The Miss Puerto Rico Organization apologizes for the distress that Miss Velez’s actions and conduct may have caused.”

Ms. Velez also issued an apology, and her Twitter page has been taken down.

“I apologize to the people I have offended with my words. I am first and foremost an #UpStander and as such I stand up against bullying. The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words,” she said in a statement.

Ms. Velez competed in this year’s Miss America contest. The Miss America Organization also released a statement on Facebook saying it “does not agree with and does not in any way condone or support the recent statements of Miss Puerto Rico.” The organization said it is “actively working” with the Miss Puerto Rico Organization to resolve the issue.

Last week, Mr. Moore protested in front of Trump Tower in New York City holding a sign reading “We are all Muslim,” responding to recent comments by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants entering the United States.

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