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Chicago mayor condemns Joe Ricketts anti-Muslims emails

CHICAGO: Chicago’s mayor has condemned the “ignorance and intolerance” shown in the emails written by Joe Ricketts.

Ricketts, who is head of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, has expressed anti-Muslim sentiments in the email.

In one of the emails, Ricketts says Americans should never let Islam become a “large part” of society. The emails were written from 2009 to 2013 and published by the Splinter news website.

“The ignorance and intolerance he has espoused are not welcome in Chicago,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Hate has no home in Chicago.”

Ricketts on Monday apologized for the emailed exchanges between him and various people, saying they did not accurately reflect his values.

In one of the emails from 2012, Ricketts, the retired founder of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, wrote: “Muslims are naturally my (our) enemy due to their deep antagonism and bias against non-Muslims.”