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LocalTea Party Express leader Mark Williams says 'sorry' - to Hindus - for slamming Muslim's 'monkey god'

Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams says 'sorry' - to Hindus - for slamming Muslim's 'monkey god'

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 12:19 PM

Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams addresses the crowd during a stop at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.
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Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams addresses the crowd during a stop at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

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Days after writing that Muslims worship "the terrorists' monkey god," embattled Tea Party leader Mark Williams apologized for his insensitivity - to Hindus.

"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," Williams wrote Wednesday night.

The original blog post equated the proposed Mosque adjacent to Ground Zero to a monument to the 9/11 terrorists.

Williams, chairman of the Tea Party Express and frequent CNN contributor, was denounced by Muslim leaders and politicians like Mayor Bloomberg for the "appalling" comment.

Williams did not apologize to Muslims in the new blog post. Instead, he used the apology to Hundus as another way to attack Muslims.

"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."

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