The personal emails in question, dating from 2009 – 2013, are exchanges between Joe Ricketts, the billionaire TD Ameritrade founder and Republican megadonor who purchased the Chicago Cubs in 2009, and family and friends reportedly contained language that portrayed Islam as a “cult” (It is) and painted Muslims as the “enemy” (they ARE!)
In an email responding to an article about “Radical Islam,” Joe Ricketts apparently wrote that Muslims are “naturally my (our) enemy” and that Islam is “dangerous element in our society.” In another responding to claims that Obama favored Muslims over Christians and Jews, Joe Ricketts reportedly wrote that there is a continued “assault on Christianity in America.” ‘‘Islam is a cult and not a religion,’’ he wrote in one 2010 email to his son Pete. ‘‘Christianity and Judaism are based on love, whereas Islam is based on ‘kill the infidel,’ a thing of evil.’’
HUFFPOST Both Ricketts and his son Tom Ricketts, the team’s chairman, have apologized for the emails, first published by Splinter on Monday. (It’s never enough for CAIR, now they will demand Islam sensitivity training by CAIR for the entire family)
But more has to be done to repair the now-damaged relationship between the Chicago Cubs and Muslim fans, said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago branch of designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations).
Rehab said CAIR-Chicago plans to meet with Tom Ricketts on Friday to explain how Muslim fans feel “rejected and isolated” by their team. He said he would like to see the Cubs take a strong stance against the “repugnant anti-Muslim beliefs” in Joe Ricketts’ emails. “We will also discuss possible ways forward to fix what’s been broken and regain confidence, trust, and belonging,” Rehab said.
Kamran Hussain, president of Chicago’s Muslim Community Center and a self-professed “15 year season ticket-holder and lifelong die-hard Cub fan,” said Joe Ricketts’ apology seemed insincere. He asked the billionaire to attend a meeting with local Muslims next week.
Joe Ricketts, 77, reportedlysold 34 million TD Ameritrade shares for about $403 million to purchase the Chicago Cubs. His four children are now co-owners of the team. The elder Ricketts is also an influential political donor who has spent millions promoting Republican candidates. He donated $1 million to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.