Warren city official resigns after making anti-Muslim comments on social media

Posted at 7:56 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 05:30:29-04

A Warren official has resigned after social media posts surfaced of her using anti-Muslim rhetoric. 

Diane Kozlowski resigned Wednesday from the Warren Elected Official Compensation Commission after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) called for Warren Mayor Jim Fouts to remove her for her comments.

Those comments, which were posted on social media, show Kozlowski stating that "ISLAM IS HATE" in one post that references the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers. 

Older posts on social media show Kozlowski stating that "NO AMERICAN WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR A MUSLIM," back in 2014, and a post from 2015 with the caption: "Get them out of our country. there (sic) so insulting. send them to the white house they can eat there. with the other muslim," 

CAIR-MI, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, called on the Warren City Council and Mayor Fouts to remove Kozlowski, immediately. 

“We call on the Warren City Council and Mayor Fouts to take swift action in removing Ms. Delisio-Kozlowski from the Elected Compensation Commission based on her anti-Muslim bigotry, which is unbecoming of a public official,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid in a statement. “Warren taxpayers, who include Muslims, should not have someone holding such bigoted views determining the salaries of government officials of their city.”

7 Action News visited Kozlowski's home in Warren for comment, but were met with a barking dog and no one answering the door.

"We want Government officials who appoint people into positions in office, is that they do proper vetting and proper screening including looking at peoples views or comments on Facebook," said Walid. 

Kozlowski handed in here resignation to Fouts saying in part, "I apologize for offending anyone, including Muslims. My post was referring to terrorists NOT Muslims." 

The letter goes on to say, "I was wrong and as a result I am resigning."

Fouts responded saying, "I think we resolved the situation and we’ll move forward." 

He added that he is going to be working on sensitivity training for all of their boards and commissioners so something like this doesn’t happen again.

Kozlowski's full resignation statement is below: