The director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership at the Department of Homeland Security is stepping down from his post following a report that disclosed he had made racially insensitive remarks during radio appearances from 2008 to 2016.
Rev. Jamie Johnson said black Americans were turning “major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use, and sexual promiscuity,” according to a report from CNN.
He also said Islam is not a “religion of peace” and that "Jews do not want to cut our heads off, Muslims want to cut our heads off.”
Acting DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton verified Thursday that acting Secretary Elaine Duke had accepted Johnson’s resignation on Thursday.
"His comments made prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security clearly do not reflect the values of DHS and the administration. The Department thanks him for his recent work assisting disaster victims and the interfaith community," Houlton said in a statement.
Johnson issued an apology for his remarks in a statement to CNN.
"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. Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities, I now see things much differently," Johnson told CNN Thursday.
"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," he added.