Cancer Charity Chief Under Fire for Posting Islamophobic Rants on Fundraising Page

The head of a cancer charity in Scotland is facing an investigation after her Islamophobic Facebook posts were discovered.

Joan McInnes, who is the chief executive of the Scottish Cancer Support organization, posted numerous offensive remarks on her social media pages insulting Muslim and disabled people, the Daily Record reported.

The SCS raises some $488,000 every year to "support services that aim to alleviate hardship for cancer sufferers throughout Scotland." Though McInnes used her Facebook page to raise funds for the charity, she also used it to share her bigoted personal views.

In one post, she described a Muslim man as wearing "rags for clothes" and "towels for hats." McInnes also attacked the man's wife for allegedly "smelling worse than his donkey."

McInnes shared another post, which opined on why "Muslim terrorists are quick to commit suicide." The post detailed "evidence" for the assertion, which included not eating pork. "You can't wash off the smell of donkeys," and "you cook over burning camel s***," it continued.

In another post, McInnes referred to someone as a "retard" and a "crayon-eating motherf*****" who she suggested licks windows.

In a statement sent to the Daily Record, McInnes said she did not remember making the offensive posts. "Scottish Cancer Support offers an inclusive service which has been used by hundreds of people across Scotland affected by cancer," she said.

"Our fundraising efforts allow us to keep the costs of our short breaks and respite holidays significantly subsidized, while allowing us to offer this service for free to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it."

McInnes noted that she "unreservedly apologizes for some historical social media posts shared on her account… These in no way represent the views of Scottish Cancer Support."

SCS did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Another Scottish cancer charity has filed a complaint with the Scottish Charity Regulator about SCS, fearing people may mistake McInnes for one of their employees.

The Ayrshire Cancer Support organization questioned whether McInnes is a "fit and proper person" capable of running a charity like the SCS. ACS also suggested that SCS has been advertising services it does not actually provide, including a drop-in medical center actually run by ACS.

"We are in no way connected or associated with SCS," ACS CEO Sandra McCall told the Daily Record. In the complaint to the charities regulator, ACS noted "significant reputational risk to our charity by the nature of SCS's promotional activities and the manner in which the CEO conducts herself."

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