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Feb 27, 2015 13

CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threat to Iowa Mosque

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/27/15) -- The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-IA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today… Read more
Feb 27, 2015 13

CAIR Joins National Coalition Urging President to Eliminate Profiling Loopholes…

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/27/2015) -- This week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, joined The… Read more
Feb 25, 2015 365

CAIR 'Cautiously Optimistic' After Supreme Court Arguments on Hijab Case

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/25/15) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said it is "cautiously… Read more

CAIR Action Alerts

Feb 10, 2015 580

Reform Maryland Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights

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If you live in Maryland, please contact your elected representatives in the Maryland General Assembly and ask them to support reforming the state's Law Enforcement Officers' Bill… Read more
Feb 02, 2015 1626

Tell Congress Not to Reauthorize USA PATRIOT Act’s ‘Domestic Spying’ Provision,…

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If you're concerned about privacy rights, use this letter to contact your representatives in Congress and urge them not to reauthorize Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and to… Read more
Jan 09, 2015 821

Join Rally at White House January 11 to Mark Gitmo Anniversary

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/9/15) -- On Sunday, January 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors,… Read more

American Muslim News

Feb 27, 2015 60

Md. Muslim Leaders to Hold 'Youth Unity Event' in Aftermath of Attacks on…

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/27/15) – This evening, the Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and… Read more
Feb 27, 2015 58

CAIR-San Diego: Muslims to Feed the Homeless in Memory of Chapel Hill Shooting…

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(SAN DIEGO, CA, 2/27/15) – The San Diego Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), in collaboration with local community organization AKhwaty… Read more

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Can there ever be a good 'Islamist'?
American Muslims
By: Ibrahim Hooper The Associated Press (AP) added the term "Islamist" to its influential Stylebook in 2012. That entry read: "Islamist -- Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam....
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DOJ Report: FBI Investigations Based on First Amendment Rights Continued Despite Court Rejection
BY: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, [email protected] According a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report released today on the “FBI’s Use of Section 215 Orders for Bus...
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Muslims Welcome Pentagon Report on Boykin's Speeches


A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today welcomed a Department of Defense (DoD) report that
says speeches made by a top general who claimed Muslims worship an "idol"
violated Pentagon rules and warrant "corrective action."

Last fall, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) asked that disciplinary action be taken against Lt. Gen. William G.
Boykin, whose views came under scrutiny when media reports revealed that in
a public discussion of his efforts to capture a Muslim Somali warlord, he
said, "I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God
and his was an idol." The Pentagon launched an internal investigation into
the propriety of the general's public speeches.

The final report from the DoD's Office of the Inspector General found that
Boykin's speaking activities violated military regulations because he
failed to clear the content of his speeches, failed to issue required
disclaimers and failed to report a travel payment from a non-government
source. The report recommends that "appropriate corrective action" be taken
by the military.

SEE: "U.S. General Violated Rules with 'Satan' Speeches"

"We welcome the Pentagon's report and urge that any disciplinary action be
commensurate with its findings," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim
Hooper. "General Boykin is free to hold whatever views he wishes, no matter
how stereotypical or inaccurate. But he should not use his position of
respect in our nation's military to promote those views."

Hooper repeated a recommendation made by CAIR last year that Boykin, a top
intelligence officer in the war on terror, be reassigned to a position in
which he will not be able to harm America's image in the Muslim world. He
also said that the findings of the investigation could have mitigated some
damage to America's international image had they been released earlier.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:[email protected]



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