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Muslim, Arab-American Groups Call on 9/11 Museum to Edit 'Insufficiently…

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/24/14) -- A coalition of American Muslim and Arab-American organizations (see list below) today urged the National September 11 Memorial Museum to consider… Read more
Apr 24, 2014 76

‎CAIR‬-Cincinnati Helps Muslim Family Obtain Denied Benefits

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(CINCINNATI, OH, 4/24/2014) -- The Cincinnati office of CAIR-Ohio (CAIR-Cincinnati) recently helped a northern Kentucky Muslim family obtain a housing voucher benefit that they… Read more
Apr 21, 2014 161

CAIR Asks Sec. Kerry to Assist American on Hunger Strike in Egyptian Prison

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/21/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Secretary of… Read more

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Apr 16, 2014 557

U.S. Mosques Urged to Apply for DHS Security Grants

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging mosques and Muslim institutions nationwide to consider applying for funds available… Read more

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Apr 24, 2014 194

California Muslims Lobby Lawmakers in Sacramento

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(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/24/2014) - This past Tuesday, April 22, almost 200 Muslims from across California held more than 70 advocacy meetings with elected officials and their staff in… Read more
Apr 21, 2014 125

250+ Turn Out for Sold Out CAIR-North Texas Banquet

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(DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX, 4/21/14) -- More than 250 people turned out on Saturday for the North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR-North Texas) 17th… Read more

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Apr 24, 2014 9

Tribeca Film Festival: New HBO Film Looks at FBI Sting Targeting 'Newburgh Four'

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The Upcoming The Newburgh Sting covers the highly publicised anti-terrorist sting operation conducted by the FBI in 2009. Much lauded by media and American populous, Kate Davis… Read more
Apr 02, 2014 91

Washington imam claims discriminatory treatment by Delta Air Lines

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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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