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CAIR Condemns Attack on Anti-Islam Event in Texas, FBI Seeks Suspects for Hate Crime at Kansas City Mosque

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 5, 2015

Video: CAIR-Cleveland Honors French Muslim Hero Who Rescued Customers in Paris Kosher Supermarket Attack

For his heroic actions, the Cleveland Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations honored him at its 13th Annual Civil Rights Banquet.

"Very well honored and happy. I have lots of emotions as well," said Bathily. He's being declared a French National Hero, but doesn't consider himself one. To him, he just did what he had to do.


CAIR Condemns Attack on Anti-Islam Event in Texas

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/15)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an attack Sunday on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn yesterday's attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, without reservation.

"We also reiterate our view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence.

[NOTE: Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is identified as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. CAIR had advised American Muslims to ignore her event.]

SEE: Pamela Geller Has History of Provocation (Washington Post)

Who Is Muhammad Cartoon Contest Organizer Pamela Geller? (Daily Beast)

The Woman Behind Anti-Islamic Muhammad Cartoon Contest and Her Long History of Hatred (Daily Mail)

What is American Freedom Defense Initiative? SPLC Calls It an Anti-Muslim Hate Group (CNN)

"Muslims in North Texas and across the nation are shocked and saddened by this inexcusable attack and pray for the speedy recovery of the officer injured by the attackers.

"We thank the Garland Police Department for its swift actions to ensure public safety.

"Unfortunately, human history shows us that hatred breeds more hatred and extremism leads to more extremism.

"Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Geert Wilders and the perpetrators of yesterday's attack all seek to provoke a downward spiral of mutual hostility and mistrust in America and around the world.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Pamela Geller
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)

"People of good will must work together to ensure that extremists of all faiths and backgrounds do not accomplish that malevolent goal.

"We reiterate the American Muslim community's support for freedom of speech - even bigoted speech
� and its repudiation of terrorism in any form."

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.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


Video: FBI Seeks Suspects for Hate Crime at Kansas City Mosque

CAIR-Ohio Asks Columbus Police to Allow Hijab for Officers

CAIR Attorney Jenifer Wicks Named 2015 DC Super Lawyer

CAIR: 'Muslim-free' Arkansas Gun Range Draws Wary Eye of DOJ (Guardian)

Jenifer Wicks, litigation director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, last October wrote a letter on behalf of the advocacy group to then-Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an investigation into the Gun Cave's ban.

Photo: CAIR-SFBA Honored by Asian Law Caucus

Last Thursday, April 23, the Asian Law Caucus held its 43rd Anniversary Dinner.
At the dinner, CAIR-SFBA was honored with the Yuri Kochiyama Impact Award for their partnership in upholding the civil rights of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian community members.

CAIR: Steve King Avoids Talking About Islam After Inviting Islamophobe to Congress

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The incongruity of King's praise of Wilders and his discomfort with publicly endorsing the parliamentarian's statements was obvious to spectators. "I think when you can't talk directly about your guest's view, but only about his right to say such a thing, it's very indicative," said Robert McCaw, CAIR government affairs manager. "Wilders is so extreme far right that even members of Congress who are identifying with very strong Islamophobia can't own Wilders' opinions.

PA: A Rabbi's Guerrilla War Against Pamela Geller's Anti-Islam Ads
CAIR: Justice Department Takes Look at Arkansas's 'Muslim-Free" Gun Range
Video: FBI Seeks 2 Suspects for Hate Crime at Muslim Site in Kansas City

The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying two people responsible for desecration at the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City. The FBI has declared April 3 vandalism as a hate crime.

FBI Offers Reward for Info on Hate Crime Targeting Kansas City Mosque
CAIR-Ohio Calls on City of Columbus to Allow Hijab for Muslim Officers

CAIR-Ohio expressed concern about a Muslim American woman recruit at the Columbus Police Academy being forced to leave the Academy as the Police Division does not allow officers to wear head scarves. The Academy refused to give her a religious exemption.
Video: CAIR, Minnesota Muslim Groups Concerned About DOJ's CVE Pilot Program

Video: CAIR-MN, 40+ Muslim Groups Express Concerns About CVE Program
CAIR-MN: Muslim Groups Speak Against Anti-Terror Program

Nearly 50 Muslim organizations, in a statement released by CAIR-MN, said they are opposing the program because it combines "policing and counter-terrorism efforts with social services and outreach targeting only one religious and ethnic community.
CAIR-OK: Event to Focus on Muslims, Rights

The Oklahoma City chapter of Amnesty International will present a program titled, Muslims & Human Rights in Oklahoma and Beyond, at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Church of the Open Arms, 3131 N Pennsylvania. The speaker will be Veronica Laizure, director of civil rights for the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma City chapter.
CAIR: US Government Will Not Rescue Hundreds of Americans Trapped in Yemen

Last month, three groups filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Washington against State Department and Department of Defense officials. And the Council on American Islamic Relations' in Michigan wants a court-ordered evacuation of citizens.

They say that a 2006 Lebanon evacuation�an operation coordinated between the State Department and Department of Defense�enabled 15,000 Americans to escape.

Meanwhile, the group has also put up a website called to help citizens there and said over 700 U.S. citizens have already signed up to the site.

Please help support CAIR's work. 
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