Muslim civil rights group calls for stepped up protection for targeted community
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/4/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today questioned the release of a Tennessee man who admitted to planning a Charleston-style terror attack on a Muslim community in New York.
CAIR also called for stepped up protection for the community targeted in the plot.
A federal judge rejected a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and attorneys for Robert Rankin Doggart, an ordained minister of the Christian National Church, who admitted to plotting a massacre at a Muslim school and mosque in Hancock, N.Y., in collaboration with members of a South Carolina militia.
Doggart, 63, was recorded on a wiretapped phone call planning to burn down a mosque and Muslim school, while shooting anyone who tried to stop the attackers.
(PATERSON, N.J., 7/3/15) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today urged law enforcement authorities to investigate a phone threat targeting a Paterson, N.J., mosque as a hate crime.
Because of the threat, the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC) was evacuated early Thursday as worshippers were about to start their morning (fajr) prayer.
In a statement, ICPC Board of Trustees wrote:
"Just before Fajr (dawn) prayer early this [Thursday] morning, the Paterson police department informed us they received a threatening call alleging someone with assault weapons was entering ICPC. As safety and the wellbeing of our congregants is our top priority, all congregants were evacuated to safety to allow authorities to perform precautionary investigations. After a very thorough search of the premises, no weapons were found. Thankfully, the threat turned out to be a hoax.
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/2/15) -- On July 1st, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) hosted the 12th annual Capitol Ramadan Iftar commemorating the holy month of Ramadan. The reception drew more than 200 state elected officials, community members and interfaith leaders to break the fast with one another at the California Capitol.
This year's Capitol Ramadan Iftar was co-hosted by more than 55 assembly members and senators who also co-authored a member resolution, presented by Senator Richard Pan, congratulating the American Muslim community on commencing Ramadan and also for its contributions to the fabric of the state of California.
This year's reception included addresses by Senator Richard Pan, Assembly Members Kevin McCarty, Jim Cooper and Ken Cooley, along with several other legislators.
"CAIR-California's annual Capitol Ramadan Iftar is a momentous event that draws together community leaders and state legislators to break bread and commemorate Ramadan," said CAIR-SV Executive Director, Basim Elkarra. "The support of elected officials in co-hosting the iftar and in co-authoring the resolution sends a message to the nearly 1 million Muslims in California that they are part of the great fabric of the state of California and that their achievements are recognized."
(Sacramento, 07/1/2015) - The Sacramento Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today expressed the Muslim community's solidarity with Fresno Christians following the possibly bias-motivated vandalism at Fresno Christian Schools.
Vandals caused extensive damage overnight by painting graffiti on an exterior wall of the gymnasium at Fresno Christian Schools.
CAIR-SV has asked that the incident be investigated as a possible hate crime since the vandalism included "profanity and lifestyle slurs" as stated by the Fresno Police.
"American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Christian community and condemn this hate-filled action against the Fresno Christian Schools," said CAIR-SV Executive Director, Basim Elkarra.
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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