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CAIR-MI Action Alert: Urge Governor Not to Sign Child Placement Bill Allowing Discrimination

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The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today urged voters and other concerned residents in that state to call Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to voice opposition to a bill that would allow religious discrimination by organizations receiving state funding for child placement services.

The Michigan Senate yesterday passed House Bill 4188, an act that would grant child placement agencies the right to object to placing children in particular foster homes based on their religious or moral convictions. This bill would, if it becomes law, allow broad discretion for organizations receiving state funding to discriminate against placing children with appropriate foster families based on subjective criteria.

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CAIR has provided a "click and send" letter for Michigan state residents to urge Governor Snyder not to sign  House Bill 4188 into law as it would allow discretion of placement agencies to deny placing children in suitable foster care homes based on moral subjectivity.

“It is inappropriate for agencies receiving state funding to have the ability to discriminate as to how children are placed in foster care homes based on subjective religious or moral convictions,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We simply cannot trust the goodwill of organizations to place children in suitable homes for their overall well-being in which those entities could have religious and political biases against certain segments of the population.”

Walid said Muslim children in Michigan have been placed in homes of people of other faiths in which Islamic norms have been ignored. If this bill becomes law, state-funded agencies could continue this practice based on anti-Muslim prejudice.

For more information, contact CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842.1418, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

 

CAIR Good News Alert: CAIR-Iowa Welcomes Failure of Anti-Islam Legislation

CAIR Iowa(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 6/8/15) -- The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today welcomed the failure of an anti-Muslim bill (HF135) in that state's legislature.

CAIR-Iowa says the bill was one of many so-called “foreign law” bills introduced in state legislatures nationwide in a campaign to demonize Islam and to marginalize American Muslims. The Iowa legislature ended its session without passing HF135.

“We thank all those who joined the Iowa Muslim community in helping to defeat this latest effort to rob religious minorities of their constitutional rights," said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.

CAIR-Iowa helped educate state lawmakers about the unconstitutional nature of the legislation and worked with a number of interfaith partners on that effort.

Amer said this is the third victory for religious freedom in as many years and that the coalition opposing the legislation will now prepare to challenge its inevitable reintroduction in the next legislative session.

She noted that supporters of these unconstitutional laws fail to acknowledge that American courts are already required to adhere to U.S. law. Anti-foreign law legislation infringes on the constitutionally-protected right to choose Islamic marriage contracts, implement Islamic wills or to be buried according to one's religious beliefs.

These laws could also negatively impact the validation of international adoptions and foreign marriages and may bar any state court from considering Catholic Canon law and Jewish Halacha law, which are also considered by many courts to be a type of foreign law.

Last week, CAIR’s Texas office applauded the failure of anti-Islam bills in that state’s legislature.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Demand that Congress Let Domestic Spying Expire on June 1st

Congress(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/28/2015) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on all Americans to contact their elected representatives in Congress one more time to urge that they let the NSA and FBI’s unconstitutional domestic surveillance program wrongly presumed to be authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act expire on June 1.

The Obama Administration and supporters of mass domestic surveillance in Congress – who would wrongly trade the privacy rights and protections offered by the U.S. Constitution for the illusion of security – are working hard to introduce new legislation that would reauthorize Section 215. We cannot let this happen.

 

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