CAIR Launches Anti-Torture Campaign
CAIR is calling on American Muslims and
other people of conscience to help prevent the use of torture or inhumane
treatment of prisoners or detainees. A CAIR postcard urging the House of
Representatives to conduct hearings into allegations of detainee abuse by
American military personnel is now online on CAIR's web site. (The site
also contains links to news articles related to the issue of torture.)
The front of the CAIR postcard has a photograph of an Iraqi prisoner being
abused in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Text on the back of the card, under
the headline "Please Work to End Torture," reads:
"I write to you today to ask that the House of Representatives conduct
hearings into allegations of recent widespread torture by American armed
forces. We must re-establish our moral and legal obligations to respect
basic human rights in the midst of the war on terror.
"We must also make it clear to the rest of the world that America will not
abandon its traditional commitment to human rights at a time when reports
of torture have called our good faith into question.
"Please prove to the world that Americans of all backgrounds condemn the
horrifying practice of torture. There should be no country on Earth that
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:
1. Go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=postcardjun2004
2. Click the "Send the Postcard" button.
3. Fill out your contact information.
4. Click the "Send Message" button.
5. Educate yourself and your community about the issue of torture using the
Amnesty International's "Stop Torture" Web Site
World Organization Against Torture
U.N. Convention Against Torture
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
Ask Red Lobster to Resolve Muslim Bias Claim
CAIR today called on American Muslims and other
people of conscience to ask Red Lobster, the nation's largest seafood
restaurant chain, to resolve a case of alleged religious discrimination
against a Muslim employee in South Carolina.
The employee, a U.S. citizen and graduate in hospitality management who
worked for Red Lobster for almost a decade, told CAIR that co-workers began
harassing him following the 9/11 terror attacks.
In the period leading up to the invasion of Iraq, two Red Lobster staffers
allegedly made fun of the man's name and accent, suggested that he came to
America to study aviation in order to blow up buildings and ridiculed his
faith and ethnicity. (The Muslim employee was born in Morocco.) Red Lobster
management reportedly told the Muslim worker to just ignore the
Following repeated harassing behavior, the Muslim employee told CAIR he got
into a shouting match with a co-worker. Both workers were reprimanded, but
only the Muslim employee was terminated, despite Red Lobster's prior
knowledge of the hostile work environment. The case is currently in
"What this worker experienced is unacceptable and should be addressed by
upper management in Red Lobster and in its parent company, Darden
Restaurants," said CAIR Civil Rights Attorney Engy Abdelkader. "No one
should face harassment in the workplace because of their faith or ethnicity."
Abdelkader requested that Red Lobster resolve the case to the satisfaction
of the Muslim employee, clarify its policy on religious discrimination in
the workplace and institute sensitivity training for company staff.
Red Lobster has more than 670 restaurants and 63,000 employees in the
United States and Canada. The chain is operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc.
SEE: http://www.redlobster.com/ and http://www.darden.com/
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
Radio Host Calls Islam a 'Murderous Organization'
CAIR is calling on the nation's largest radio
network to apologize for anti-Islam remarks by talk show host and comedian
Jackie Mason, who recently called "the whole Muslim religion" a "murderous
organization" that teaches "hate, terrorism and murder."
Mason, who is also known for his right-wing and pro-Israel political
commentaries, made the remarks as guest host on a recent broadcast of the
Jim Bohannon Show, syndicated nationally by Westwood One.
The Jim Bohannon Show, http://www.westwoodone.com/talk_bohannon.htm
Jackie Mason's Home Page, http://www.jackiemason.com
During the broadcast, New York lawyer Raoul Felder, who is a frequent
co-author of Mason's commentaries, attacked the character of Islam's
Prophet Muhammad. He also said: "This (Islam) is a religion of hate, this
is a religion of murder."
Mason responded by amplifying Felder's bigotry.
He said: "This is amazing information that almost nobody is aware
of...everyone thinks that it's a legitimate religion that preaches love and
brotherhood…the truth of the matter is (that terrorists) are reflecting the
religion and following the religion…they are following the orders of the
religion directly from the Quran…in plain English, the whole Muslim
religion is preaching and teaching hate, terrorism and murder, and nobody
knows it, and its about time they found out about it…The Quran…is 50
versions of hate, venom, hostility, and murder…dedicated to terrorism…I
don't know how we can call it a religion in the traditional sense. It
should be called a murderous organization that's out to kill people."
In a letter to Westwood One, CAIR demanded a public apology to the Muslim
community and an opportunity to refute Mason's Islamophobic smears. The
letter stated: "It is this type of hate-filled propaganda that was used by
the Nazis as justification for their persecution of the Jewish community in
Germany." (CAIR also filed a complaint with the FCC.)
Earlier this year, CAIR announced a campaign designed to counter
anti-Islamic hate on talk radio. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America,"
is based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show
hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of interfaith
mistrust and hostility. As part of that campaign, Muslims were given
step-by-step instructions on how to monitor local and syndicated radio
programs, report anti-Muslim hate, file FCC complaints, and contact
advertisers to register their concerns.
Reports of anti-Muslim hate may be filed at:
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: (As always, be firm, but POLITE.)
CONTACT Westwood One to demand that they 1) issue a formal and public
apology to the American Muslim community and 2) invite a Muslim guest on
the Jim Bohannon Show to refute Mason's defamatory remarks and to provide
accurate information about Islam.
Mr. Shane Coppola
President and CEO
40 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019