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 Islamophobia in the US, July 31, 2012

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Video: Last Week's CAIR News Update

CAIR: One in Three Republicans Say President is Muslim (ABC)

"Unfortunately there has been a development of a bizarre echo chamber within the right wing of the political spectrum that truth and reality have failed to penetrate," said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director at [CAIR], a Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. "It's a self-perpetuating, self-reinforcing delusion."

Think Obama's a Muslim? Then You're Too Stupid to Vote (LA Times)

Islamophobia Watch: "15% Of Islam Is A Religion, 85% Political"

Republican Lou Ann Zelenik is challenging incumbent republican Diane Black in the sixth congressional district. When asked if she believed if Islam was a real religion, Zelenick said she believed it to be mostly political.

Jack Cowan: Sharia Tops List of Things That Won't Happen

CAIR's Oklahoma Chapter Expands Staff to 4 (Tulsa World)

CAIR-OK has increased its staff to four, making it one of the most active CAIR chapters in the nation.

CAIR-CA: Bay Area Ramadan Open Houses Begin

CAIR-MI Questions Prosecutor's Actions in Dog Attack Case

The Arab-American Civil Rights League (ACRL) along with [CAIR-MI] held a press conference to discuss a severe case involving an elderly Arab woman who was viciously mauled by a neighbor's dog.

CAIR-San Antonio: Hate Crimes in the Alamo City

If there is a hate crime against Muslims in San Antonio, Sarwat Husain has probably heard about it. This Pakistani immigrant . . .has become the face of the city's Muslim community. She formed the local chapter of [CAIR]. She says she gets frantic calls of threats and attacks on a weekly basis.

Video: CAIR-FL Asks FDLE to Drop Anti-Muslim Trainer

TN: Church, Mosque Plan to Build Park Together (Commercial Appeal)

A Muslim Republican in Paris (Texas) With National Ambitions (NY Times)

NYPD to Launch All-Seeing System to Track Crime (AP)

The NYPD has been under fire for surveillance of Muslim communities and partnering with the CIA to track potential terror suspects. Muslim groups have sued to shut down the NYPD programs.


CAIR-FL Complaint Against Anti-Muslim Counter-Terror Instructor to Be Heard

A recent complaint about counter-terrorism instructor Sam Kharoba of Cape Coral by the Council on American-Islamic Relations is going to be brought up at a meeting of the Florida Criminal Justice Training Center Directors Association on Oct. 31 in Sarasota.

CAIR-LA Urges Transparent Investigation in Anaheim Shooting

CAIR-LA yesterday sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney's Office (Central District of Calif.) urging a thorough investigation into a recent fatal shooting by Anaheim police officers.

CAIR-LA: Minority Groups Can Help Offset Anaheim Inequalities

“The inequalities exist and underrepresentation is certainly a reality, but Anaheim is not a city at war with ethnic tension as it might appear,” says Hassam Ayoush, Executive Director of [CAIR-LA].

TN: Muslim Workers Fired for Prayer Get Their Jobs Back (Video)

CA: Who's Afraid of Muslim Women Exercising?

CA: Sacramento Church Cooks Ramadan Meal for Muslim Neighbors

Free Weekend Giveaway in Minneapolis: Hijabs

Canada: CAIR-CAN Condemns Vandalism of Vehicles at Winnipeg Mosque

  • CAIR Op-Ed: The System Worked for Tennessee Muslims

  • It wasn't pretty, but the system worked. Muslims in Murfreesboro will be able to worship in their community, just as the First Amendment of our Constitution envisioned centuries ago.
  • CAIR: Islamophobia and the Republican Party (Al Jazeera)

  • They are given a prominent platform at national conferences, where they brand people like this writer and groups devoted to the defense of Muslims in America--organizations such as [CAIR], and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee--as dupes or apologists for radical Islamists.
    • Video: CAIR Rep Discusses GOP's Anti-Muslim Rhetoric (RT)
      CAIR's Corey Saylor joins Thom Hartmann. How much damage is the Republican love affair with dog-whistle politics doing to American society?
    • CAIR-WA: Bachmann's Anti-Muslim Fear-Mongering (Seattle Times)
      A first step toward the goal of honest, civil discourse is to expose and marginalize the influence of the individuals and groups whose Islamophobia is dividing Americans against one another through misinformation.
    • House Intelligence Committee Members Condemn Bachmann
    • NY Republican Panders to Anti-Mosque Extremists (Brooklyn Daily)
      State Sen. David Storobin has joined the hopeless fight against a mosque in Sheepshead Bay--a battle that's been repeatedly quashed in the courts and has left political insiders believing that the newly minted legislator is more concerned with winning votes than helping mosque opponents.
    • TN: Anti-Islam Words Torn from Hate Playbook (Tennessean)

    • Thanks to politicians like Zelenik and the Williamson County GOP, Tennessee has become a battleground for the anti-Muslim movement and those who argue that American Muslims are disloyal, subversive and simply "different."
  • CAIR: Muslim Rights Group Battles Anti-Islam Military Lecturer
    Kahlili's July 22 article for The Daily Caller about [American] mosques, universities and tech companies as havens for terrorism--was what prompted the council to contact the Department of Defense, according to a [CAIR] spokesman.
  • CAIR: Deported Priest Shares Thoughts on Syria at Va. Church
    "Syria, A Christian Perspective," was co-hosted by Rock Spring Church, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Syrian American Council and the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church.
  • Confused 911 Caller Outs NYPD Muslim Spying in NJ (AP)
    The NYPD kept files on innocent sermons, recorded the names of political organizers in police documents and built databases of where Muslims lived and shopped, even where they were likely to gather to watch sports.


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