(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released an initial report on the unprecedented backlash and discrimination targeting the nation's Muslim community since the November 13 terror attacks in Paris. [NOTE: CAIR will issue a comprehensive report on the backlash at a later date.]
CAIR notes that it has received more reports about acts of Islamophobic discrimination, intimidation, threats, and violence targeting American Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslim) and Islamic institutions in the past week-and-a-half than during any other limited period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks.
CAIR attributes this spike in anti-Muslim incidents to the Paris attacks and to the mainstreaming of Islamophobia by political candidates and lawmakers in the run-up to the 2016 general election. Of particular concern is the extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric and falsehoods being espoused by leading Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/15) – A coalition of 38 civil rights, faith, labor, humanitarian, social justice, and immigrant and refugee service provider organizations today joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the ACLU-MD in sending a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in support of welcoming Syrian refugees and in strong opposition to the Governor's current position that the federal government not send Syrian refugees to Maryland.
The letter appeals to the Governor to not ignore Maryland's long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees to that state, and reads in part:
(CLEVELAND, OH, 11/24/15) – A coalition of more than 50 faith and civic leaders today released an open letter to Ohio Governor John Kasich asking him to reconsider his stance against Syrian refugees being resettled in Ohio.
The coalition, which includes Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and other interfaith and civic leaders, issued their open letter in response to a recent statement by Ohio Governor John Kasich calling for a halt to the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
The November 16 statement made via his spokesperson Jim Lynch indicated that, “The governor is writing to the President to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio.” The statement went on to say, “We are also looking at what additional steps Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/2015) - The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Ahmad Sakr, who died last night in Los Angeles.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“To God we belong and to Him is our return. Very few people in our community have left a legacy comparable to that of Dr. Sakr. His intellectual legacy will last for generations to come. We offer sincere and heartfelt condolence to his family and loved ones.
“Through his dedicated friendly, humble and practical efforts, he helped support the establishment of hundreds of mosques, schools and organizations that continue to serve millions of American Muslims.