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Minister resigns from DHS office over comments about blacks and Muslims

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A Department of Homeland Security official resigned after CNN discovered controversial past comments he made about blacks and Muslims. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

A minister who headed a Homeland Department office is resigning after his past comments about blacks and Muslims came to light.

What did he say?

The Rev. Jamie Johnson resigned his position as the head of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security after controversial comments were discovered from his past radio appearances. CNN's K-File first reported the existence of the comments.

In one radio appearance, he praised Jewish Americans for working so hard to succeed, while contrasting them to the black community, saying, "it's an indictment of America's black community that has turned America's major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity."

In another radio appearance, he said, "I never call it radical Islam, if anything, it is obedient Islam. It is faithful Islam."

"Islam is not our friend" he continued, "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."

What did he say when the comments came to light?

Johnson had provided CNN with a statement apologizing for the comments.

"I have and will continue to work with leaders and members of all faiths as we jointly look to strengthen our safety and security as an interfaith community," he said in the statement. "Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities I now see things much differently. 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."

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