(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/26/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a deadly hostage-taking at a Catholic church in France, in which one priest was killed and another person was injured. The attack was reportedly committed in the name of the terror group ISIS.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“This heinous attack on a house of worship and on a man of God must be condemned and repudiated by people of all faiths worldwide. The apparent goal of the cowardly murderers is to create divisions between faiths and to breed hostility between the followers of different faiths. We must not allow the terrorists to achieve their twisted goal.”
CAIR said it condemns all such attacks on places of worship and religious gatherings, including a recent ISIS suicide bombing that killed dozens of people during a peaceful demonstration by a minority group in Afghanistan.
The Quran, Islam’s revealed text, states: “Had not God repelled some people by the might of others, the monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which God's praise is celebrated daily, would have been utterly demolished. God will certainly help those who help His cause.” (The Holy Quran, 22:40)
One WA Muslim delegate is youngest of 100 delegates from WA
(SEATTLE, WA, 7/26/2016) – The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today said that at least six American Muslim delegates – almost all delegates for Senator Bernie Sanders – from Washington State are attending the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pa., this week.
One of them, Ava Sharifi of Spokane, is the youngest delegate in this year’s statewide delegation of about 100 delegates from WA. [NOTE: Though it is unconfirmed, it is likely that she may be the youngest voting delegate from any state to the DNC this year].
Three of the Muslim delegates for Sen. Bernie Sanders from WA are available for interviews in Philadelphia during the DNC from Monday, July 25 to Thursday night, July 28, and then in the delegates’ hometowns – Seattle and Spokane – from Friday afternoon, July 29 onward.
NOTE: At this year’s June 17-19, 2016 Wash. State Democratic Convention, the state Democratic party passed a resolution recognizing the contributions of American Muslims. See text of resolution here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/h33plkq
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/25/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities in Nevada to investigate alleged threats and hate vandalism targeting a Muslim family in that state as possible hate crimes.
A Muslim business owner in Pahrump, Nev., reports repeated threats targeting his family and business in the past month and a half, and said hate graffiti was found yesterday on a building in which he operates his business.
The hate graffiti include slurs and threats such as “sand n**ger,” “camel Jockey,” “I will kill you,” and “towel head.” The threats and the hate graffiti are being investigated by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office. (Report #16NY2449)
PHOTOS: Alleged Hate Graffiti
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack on a Nebraska man by an assailant who reportedly shouted “ISIS” and obscenities at the victim.
The Indian immigrant, who is not Muslim, said he suffered a fractured nose, split lip and a bruised calf after being punched repeatedly. Prior to the assault, the alleged attacker accused the victim of being a “terrorist.” The attacker reportedly shouted: “ISIS (expletive). Get out of my country.”
“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a hate crime and for public officials to repudiate the growing Islamophobia in our society that inevitably leads to violence and discrimination targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that the Islamic Center of Omaha has been targeted by vandals a number of times in recent months.