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Jan 26, 2015 60

CAIR Letter Urges GOP Presidential Candidates to Engage Muslim Voters, Reject…

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/26/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued an open letter to… Read more
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Jan 23, 2015 158

Civil Rights Groups Concerned About Minneapolis CVE Pilot Program

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Advocates question whether program is a front for domestic intelligence gathering (MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 1/23/15) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations… Read more
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Jan 21, 2015 228

CAIR-OK Calls on Oklahoma Senator to Drop Unconstitutional Senate Bible Bill

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(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 1/21/15) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR-OK) today called on Senator Kyle Loveless to drop his proposed Senate Bill… Read more

CAIR Action Alerts

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Jan 09, 2015 353

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
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Jan 09, 2015 434

Ask Howard County Public Schools to grant Eid holidays

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Contact the Howard County Public Schools Board of Education and ask them to vote in favor of equality for Muslim school holidays. You may have heard that Maryland Muslim leaders… Read more
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Show Support for Eid Holidays at the East Brunswick School Board Meeting

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/17/2014) - On December 18, East Brunswick Public School's Board of Education is holding a meeting at 8 p.m. to decide on the 2015 - 2016 school calendar. Read more

American Muslim News

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Jan 23, 2015 12

CAIR-Chicago Calls for Community Alert After Threats to Mosque

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CAIR-Chicago is working with local law enforcement and the FBI Chicago office on recent social media violent threats against a south suburban mosque. Read more
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Jan 23, 2015 425

Hundreds of Texas Muslims to Lobby Lawmakers

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Muslim civil rights group will hold bi-annual event at State Capitol (Houston, Texas, 1/23/15) -- On Thursday, January 29, some 1,000 Muslims will meet with state lawmakers in… Read more

CAIR in the News

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Jan 21, 2015 201

CAIR Rep Ibrahim Hooper Discusses Freedom of Expression

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Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR talked about the terror attack in France and the recent protests against Charlie Hebdo cartoons in advance of the State of the Union address. The full… 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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