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Islamophobia in the US: Spying on Muslims in NY, Stabbing in Illinois, Michigan School Bias

December 31, 2011

Video: CAIR Rep on CNN to Discuss Boycott Over NYPD Muslim Spying

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad appeared today on CNN to discuss the decision by New York Muslim leaders to boycott Mayor Michael Bloomberg's interfaith breakfast over his support for widespread NYPD spying on Muslims without evidence of wrongdoing.

CAIR: Muslim Leaders Boycott Breakfast Over Surveillance Program (CNN) "These tactics, without due process, without evidence of crime, we believe (are) unconstitutional and unlawful. That's where the shock comes from," said Nihad Awad, executive director of [CAIR].

CAIR: WordPress Removes Anti-Muslim Hate Blog A hate site hosted on WordPress.com has been pulled down by the popular blog host, reported CAIR yesterday.

Anti-Muslim Hate Blog Taken Down After Complaints From CAIR

CAIR Believes Illinois Stabbing was Hate Crime [CAIR] called for federal civil rights charges to be filed against a man seeking to "save his country" by allegedly stabbing a faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Law who he thought was "Middle Eastern."

CA: Muslim Couple Says They Were Denied Service Over Hijab SAN DIEGO -- A married couple visiting from Chicago said they were denied service at T.G.I. Friday's in the Gaslamp Quarters

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New York Muslims disappointed by Mayor Bloomberg's Reaction.

Will pray for him in the Friday services. Hope he will join the movement against indefinite detention of the US citizens. Americans must not fear their Muslims fellow citizens, they should fear the slippery slope to the police state. Muslim boycott covered extensively by the media. 

MUSLIM PEACE COALITION-USA STATEMENT

We are saddened and disappointed by Mayor Bloomberg's reaction to the Muslim leaders boycotting his breakfast for his support of warrantless surveillance of the Muslim community. His flippant remark that the respected religious and civic leaders missed out on a great breakfast does not behoove the mayor.  Mr. Bloomberg had shown that he is a sensitive and principled man when the civil rights of Muslims and other New Yorkers were violated in the past and this fact makes his reaction even more peculiar and disappointing.

 The Muslims of New York are concerned about national security.  Any terrorist act endangers them directly as well as indirectly by creating a backlash. They are concerned in principle and on practical grounds both. But they are also concerned about the steady erosion of the rule of law and civil rights guaranteed by the constitution and the Bill of Rights.

 Muslims have been a part of the American fabric for centuries. Their slave labor built this nation. Their scientists doctors,computer engineers and small business owners sustain it. They will continue to fight to preserve the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights along with other faith leaders, civil rights activists., human rights leaders and principled politicians. Muslim Peace Coalition-USA along with its partners will be launching a repeal the Indefinite Detention Act if it is signed by President Obama and hope that the mayor of the great city of New York will join us.  Muslims should pray for God to grant Mr. Bloomberg the courage to lead with justice and compassion during this Friday prayer services. Friday is the Muslim sabbath and thousands of New York area Muslims will be attending the services in the hundreds of area mosques.

The Friday sermons should focus on the message that Americans should not fear their Muslim fellow citizens they must fear the slippery slope to a police state," said Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the New York co-chair of the Muslim Peace Coalition.

 Contact person: Dr. Shaik Ubaid: 516-567-0783

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Anti-Muslim Hate Site Removed After CAIR's Intervention Blog contained threats of violence like 'I want [Muslim] blood on my hands'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/29/2011) -

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that an anti-Muslim Internet hate site that contained a number of threats of violence targeting mosques, including the comment "I want [Muslim] blood on my hands," has been taken down by its hosting company.

CAIR said visitors to "Bare Naked Islam," hosted by WordPress.com, now see the message: "barenakedislam.wordpress.com is no longer available. This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service."

[NOTE: "Bare Naked Islam" was one of the major promoters of the campaign to pressure Lowe's to drops its ads from TLC's "All-American Muslim."]

Last month, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate the threats of violence targeting mosques posted on the blog and urged WordPress.com to remove it for violating the hosting company's terms of service (TOS), which prohibit blogs that "contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities." Articles and comments posted on "Bare Naked Islam" urged attacks on and desecration of American and European mosques.

Video: Blog Threats Target Virginia Mosque (CAIR) CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Internet Threats to Mosques

CAIR has been monitoring "Bare Naked Islam" and filed a number of TOS violation reports with Wordpress.com. [NOTE: At CAIR's request, WordPress.com last year deleted a similar blog that contained posts advocating burning mosques, making false bomb threats implicating Muslims, desecrating Muslim graves, and recommending the "proper way to shoot a muslim [sic]."]

"We welcome the removal of such a vicious anti-Muslim hate site and thank Wordpress.com for upholding its terms of service prohibiting calls to violence by bloggers," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "While we are strong supporters of First Amendment rights, the encouragement of violent acts goes beyond constitutional protections of free speech."

Awad said a number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion of Islamophobia nationwide.

CAIR: Same Hate, New Target Center for American Progress: Fear, Inc. Southern Poverty Law Center: Jihad Against Islam People for the American Way: The Right-Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook Subscribe to CAIR's E-Mail List Subscribe to CAIR's Twitter Feed Subscribe to CAIR's YouTube Channel

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

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NY Muslim Leaders to Boycott Mayor's Breakfast Over NYPD Spying A number of New York Muslim community leaders announced today that they will boycott Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual interfaith breakfast scheduled for Friday because of his public support for the NYPD's widespread warrantless spying operation targeting Muslim New Yorkers. Texas Muslim Clinic Provides Health and Emotional Care (DM News) This charity clinic takes an Arabic name that means the "healing place" and was started in 1998 to serve the growing Muslim immigrant and refugee population. It now serves a number of Spanish-speaking residents as well. It has earned the distinction as one of the few charity clinics in Texas that includes medical and dental care and mental health services.

Video: 'Simpsons' Pokes Fun at Claim that Michigan is Under Sharia Law (Free Press) Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly Jr. has said that such claims are ludicrous assertions made by people trying to foment hatred for political or financial gain. Muslim American Comics' Tour and Documentary (Wash. Post) The tour. . .will form the backbone of "The Muslims Are Coming!," a documentary film about Islamophobia in America that Farsad is working on with Palestinian Italian American comedian Dean Obeidallah.

CAIR: US Religious Leaders Condemn Church Bombings in Nigeria [CAIR], America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, condemned the attacks Sunday.

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Hadith: Killing of Women and Children Forbidden

Action Aboard Plane Creates Reluctant Muslim Hero (KC Star) Although Hazziez's religious faith didn't matter to those grateful passengers, it has become an important aspect of his story. He is a Muslim. And like others of his faith, he is sensitive to the negative perceptions and prejudices of some in the post-9/11 world. But he says what he did that day was in keeping with the teachings of Islam CAIR:

US Reviewing Anti-Muslim School Bias Complaint [CAIR] said the decision violated the First Amendment right of religious freedom, and it asked the Justice Department to investigate.

CAIR-MI: Rejected Muslim School Bid Reviewed (Detroit News) CAIR officials have said traffic could be an excuse to conceal prejudice, and legal action might be pursued. "We believe this is a blatant violation of the MIA's constitutional right to open the school on their property," said Lena Masri, [CAIR-MI] staff attorney.

CAIR: Muslim Cadets Will Be Allowed to Wear Hijab [CAIR] wrote to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to ask for religious accommodations, as protected by the constitution, for Demin Zawity and future Muslim cadets.

Video: JROTC to Allow Hijabs, Turbans (CAIR)

Penn. Newspaper Slams Prejudice Against Muslim Author We know some people want nothing to do with "Muslim" or anything connected to Islam, and especially don't want their children hearing about a Muslim boy's struggles at Christmas. The fact that Abdelsalam's presentation has drawn praise in the past and isn't a lecture on religion but about acceptance apparently is lost on those who sought -- successfully -- to keep this particular author away.

Victoria Jackson: Muslim Brotherhood Taking Over America Jackson said last week on her web show, "Politichicks." "For six hours, I saw pictures and names and dates and facts and Islamic law books and Korans, Surahs for six hours and they proved to me... that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our highest positions in government and this is serious."

 

 

 

 


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