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CAIR-LA 'Dismayed' by Court Ruling Against Iranian-American Immigration Judge

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(Los Angeles, CA, 4/24/15) - CAIR-LA was dismayed by the ruling issued yesterday by a federal judge in California against Iranian-American immigration judge Afsaneh Ashely… Read more
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California Muslims to Lobby State Lawmakers at 4th Annual Muslim Day at the…

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(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/24/15) -- On Monday, April 27, hundreds of California Muslims will meet with their state lawmakers in Sacramento as part of the fourth annual Muslim Day at the… Read more
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CAIR to Join Coalition Calling on Md. Governor to Act Following Death of…

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/24/15) - Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join with the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality -- an alliance of civil… Read more

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Act Today to Defeat Anti-BDS Bill in Congress

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Methods of non-violent protest like boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) have been historically successfully in changing unjust and unconstitutional governmental policies.… Read more
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Apr 02, 2015 1892

Urge U.S. Government to Evacuate Americans Trapped in Yemen

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There are numerous reports of US citizens trapped in Yemen, and unfortunately the US government is not assisting with evacuations, despite the fact that many others have evacuated… Read more
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Urge Arkansas Lawmakers to Reject Anti-Muslim, Foreign Law Bill

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CAIR is calling on Arkansas residents who who value constitutional freedom and civil liberties to contact the Arkansas State Legislature to reject anti-foreign bill "American Laws… Read more

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Apr 23, 2015 350

CAIR Announces April 25 as First Dallas/Fort Worth Open Mosque Day

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(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 4/23/15) - The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today announced the First Annual Open Mosque Day to be… Read more
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CAIR-LA Welcomes OC School's Correction of Inaccurate Materials on Islam

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(ANAHEIM, C.A. 4/22/2015) - The Greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed a decision by an Orange County high school to… Read more

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California Muslim police officers allege harassment

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by Halima Kazem, Al Jazeera America Patrolling around mosques and checking in on schools in the dangerous south side of town was second nature for Richmond, California, police… Read more
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CAIR, ALC Say SFPD Officer Broke City Law While Investigating with FBI

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By Alex Emslie and Mina Kim, KQED News Two civil rights groups filed a complaint Wednesday alleging a San Francisco police inspector violated department rules and city law while… Read more

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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"
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6013543

"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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