(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/25/14) - On Saturday, March 22, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) held its first Social Justice Gala, with the theme "Civil Rights through Creative Expressions."
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 3/25/14) - On April 5, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host its 8th Annual Awards Banquet 'Faith in Freedom' at the Tower Hotel.
By Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service
Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights on Friday (March 21) appealed a federal judge's ruling that affirmed the right of the New York City Police Department to spy on Muslims based on their faith and ethnicity.
(ALBANY, N.Y., 3/12/14) – More than 50 members of the New York Muslim community participated in yesterday's 2nd Annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol," a program of that state's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY).
There is no greater threat to the legitimacy of the U.S. political system, at home and abroad, than the perception that an obsession with terrorism and other threats has given rise to an unaccountable American national security apparatus. Much of this perception reflects hyperbole from those who do not understand the U.S. system and the threats it faces, or who do understand but wish the United States ill. Yet many of those who have lost trust in the U.S. government have good-faith concerns about genuine issues -- such as waterboarding under the Bush administration or the failure of Congress and President Obama to establish better oversight of the National Security Agency.
Individuals falsely claiming to be officers from the DHS, FBI, IRS and/or USCIS are calling community members
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/4/14) -- CAIR chapters continue to receive complaints from community members who have received calls from individuals falsely claiming to be from the DHS, FBI and IRS.
Faiza Patel and Amos Toh, Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) Foreign law bans are back.
For the fourth year running, Florida is trying to outlaw the use of foreign and international law in state courts. Missouri has mounted another attempt to pass an anti-foreign law measure after last year's effort was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. The bans also have crept farther north, making a debut in Vermont.
Ellison called Muslims in America the "scapegoat du jour."
By Nikki Schwab, US News
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was the first Muslim elected to Congress and it's not always been an easy ride. Monday, on book tour duty for his new tome, "My Country 'Tis of Thee," he spoke at the Center for American Progress about being a member of a religion that's often treated as the "scapegoat du jour."
By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Recordnet.com
MANTECA - In an effort to promote harmony and thank the community for its support, mosque leaders opened the doors to the Islamic Center of Manteca for public visits Sunday more than a week after the building was vandalized with messages of hate.
By Kyle Spencer, New York Times
Shortly before sunup, a dozen or so students at the University of California, San Diego, stumbled dutifully out of bed. They ironed their collared shirts, knotted their ties and piled into their cars. Their destination was the Islamic Center of San Diego, where they were to be initiated into the country's first Muslim fraternity, Alpha Lambda Mu, named for three letters that start several chapters of the Quran: Alif Laam Meem.
by Robert P. George, First Things
I am a Catholic. My Church teaches me to esteem our Muslim friends and to work with them in the cause of promoting justice and moral values. I am happy to stand with them in defense of what is right and good. And so I stand with the young woman in the above video in defense of modesty, chastity, and piety, just as I stand with Muslims like my dear friends Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Suzy Ismail against the killing of unborn children and the evil of pornography, and with my equally dear friend Asma Uddin of the Becket Fund in defense of religious freedom.
By Aaron Patrick Flanagan, Imagine 2050
The present Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) debate, as political debates tend to do, has produced much ugliness from the organized nativist movement, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim alike. While both rail on separate-but-not-mutually-exclusive talking points, the anti-Muslim sphere has begun focusing more and more prevalently on the issue of immigration.