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CAIR Condemns Barbaric Killing of U.S. Journalist by Terror Group ISIS

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(WASHINGTON, DC, 8/20/2014) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned what it called… Read more
Aug 15, 2014 249

California Muslims Send 16,000+ Letters to Senators on Gaza

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(ANAHEIM, CA 8/15/2014) -- The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today announced figures of the letter-writing campaign that calls on… Read more
Aug 14, 2014 357

CAIR-MI Suit Challenges Lack of Due Process in Placing Muslims on Terror Watch…

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(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 8/14/2014) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today announced the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of several Muslims… Read more

CAIR Action Alerts

Aug 20, 2014 44

Increase in San Diego FBI Visits Prompts Reminder of Legal Rights

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(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/18/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Diego (CAIR-San Diego) today issued an advisory reminding community members of their legal… Read more
Aug 14, 2014 285

CAIR Asks Imams to Devote Sermons to Racial Equality in Response to Missouri…

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/11/14) -- CAIR today called on imams (prayer leaders) nationwide to devote at least a portion of their khutbas (sermons) for tomorrow's weekly congregational… Read more
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Aug 08, 2014 253

Meet with Your Elected Representatives During Congress' August Recess

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/8/2014) -- CAIR is urging American Muslim voters to take advantage of the August recess of Congress, during which elected officials return to their home… Read more

American Muslim News

Aug 20, 2014 48

CAIR Rep Participates in Vigil to Honor MD Gas Station Clerk Killed in Robbery

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On August 18, the Council on American-Islamic Relations participated in a vigil held to honor a gas station attendant who was killed in an apparent robbery at an Exxon station in… Read more
Aug 20, 2014 33

CAIR-LA Muslim Youth Civil Rights Conference a Success

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(ANAHEIM, CA - 8/20/2014) - On Saturday, August 16, the Greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) hosted a day-long civil rights… Read more

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Jul 30, 2014 474

Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity, Backs CAIR’s Condemnation of Gaza Killings

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Jul 30, 2014 455

On Facebook, Va. GOP treasurer questions Muslim contributions to U.S. history

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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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