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Apr 16, 2014 11

CAIR-NY Welcomes NYPD Decision to Disband Muslim Spying Unit

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(NEW YORK, N.Y., 4/15/14) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed a decision by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to… Read more
Apr 13, 2014 31

American Muslims Stand with Jewish Community After Kansas Shootings

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/13/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that American… Read more
Apr 11, 2014 36

CAIR Welcomes Cancellation of Anti-Muslim Event in Tenn. School

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/9/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said it has joined with concerned Muslims in Tennessee in welcoming cancellation of an… Read more

CAIR Action Alerts

Apr 16, 2014 15

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

American Muslim News

Apr 17, 2014 8

CAIR Reps Attend Interfaith Service for Kansas Shooting Victims

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/12) -- Two representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today… Read more
Apr 15, 2014 27

DC Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium 2014

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The DC Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (or MYLS), is an intensive series of leadership-building workshops for Muslim youth ages 14-22 that aims to spark interest and empower… Read more

CAIR in the News

Apr 02, 2014 48

Washington imam claims discriminatory treatment by Delta Air Lines

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By Lynsi Burton, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Activists are decrying the reported actions of Delta Air Lines employees after a Lynnwood-based imam claimed he was escorted off an… Read more
Mar 21, 2014 55

CAIR Video News Update, March 21, 2014

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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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