CAIR-MA Invites Official Who Posted Anti-Islam Messages Online to Visit Mosque, Meet Muslims

CAIR Massachusetts Logo(BOSTON, MA, 7/21/16) - The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today invited Michael Goodman, a conservation commissioner for the town of Easton, Mass., to meet with his Muslim neighbors at the Islamic Center of New England – Sharon.

Mr. Goodman recently posted a series of anti-Muslim posts on social media, including calls for direct violence against Muslim civilians.

SEE: Easton Official's Anti-Muslim Post Leads to Calls for Resignation

"We welcome Mr. Goodman to come meet his Muslim neighbors so that he can recognize the common values that unite all people of faith," said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. "His statements – which effectively advocate for genocide against an entire group of people because of their faith – are beneath the dignity of an elected official, and we hope that this chance for genuine engagement will allow him to see the truly harmful nature of these views."

Robbins questioned whether an elected official who espoused such views could genuinely fulfill his vows to serve and protect all of his constituents, especially those who identify as Muslim.

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CAIR-OK Event with Scholar Imam Suhaib Webb to Address Misconceptions About Shariah

CAIR OK(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 7/21/2016) – On Saturday, July 23, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host a special event to address misconceptions about sharia, or Islamic principles, in light of increased anti-Muslim rhetoric from public figures like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

At this event, American Muslim scholar and Oklahoma native Imam Suhaib Webb will address common misconceptions about sharia and how to understand sharia in the American Muslim context.

WHAT: An Afternoon with Imam Suhaib Webb

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2-5 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic Society of Greater OKC's Mercy Mission Building located across the street from the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City Mosque, 3840 N St. Clair Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112

CONTACT: CAIR Oklahoma Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Oklahoma Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CAIR: Muslims to Urge Dems to Focus on Civil Rights, Refugees, Policing Reforms at Philadelphia Convention

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/16) – On Monday, July 25, the Council on American-Islamic (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference with local Muslim and interfaith leaders near the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to urge convention attendees to focus on promoting civil rights, assisting refugees fleeing conflicts and seeking policing reforms designed to decrease racial profiling.

At the news conference, CAIR will also announce the release of a new animated television commercial for its ‘ISLAMOPHOBIN’ public awareness campaign to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry.

WHAT: CAIR News Conference at Democratic National Convention

WHEN: Monday, July 25, 10 a.m.

WHERE: The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender, 917-660-3805; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [MEDIA NOTE: The CAIR news conference and the Islamophobia town hall described below will both be live-streamed on CAIR’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/ ]

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Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Nebraska Man Perceived to Be Muslim

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack on a Nebraska man by an assailant who reportedly shouted “ISIS” and obscenities at the victim.

The Indian immigrant, who is not Muslim, said he suffered a fractured nose, split lip and a bruised calf after being punched repeatedly. Prior to the assault, the alleged attacker accused the victim of being a “terrorist.” The attacker reportedly shouted: “ISIS (expletive). Get out of my country.”

SEE: Indian Immigrant Says Attacker Yelled 'ISIS,' Profanities at Him Before Attacking

“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a hate crime and for public officials to repudiate the growing Islamophobia in our society that inevitably leads to violence and discrimination targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He noted that the Islamic Center of Omaha has been targeted by vandals a number of times in recent months.

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