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CAIR Seeks Protection for Maryland Mosque and School after Bomb Threat, Requests FBI Probe of Attack on Texas Muslim

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/5/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities in Baltimore County, Md., to step up protection of a mosque and Islamic school in that county following threats to bomb the school’s bus and to spill “Muslim blood.” CAIR also called on the FBI to investigate the phoned threats as hate crimes.

A similar call by CAIR for an FBI hate crime investigation followed reports of an attack on a Muslim worshiper outside a Texas mosque. A worshipper at the Islamic Association of North Texas in Richardson, Texas, was beaten as he left a prayer service Monday night.

SEE: Richardson Police Unsure Whether Beating Outside Mosque is Hate Crime (Dallas Morning News)
Texas Muslim Ambushed at Mosque Following Shooting at ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contest

In the Maryland case, officials with the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) tell CAIR that a person who called the facility’s school on April 28 asked, “What time do you close?” When informed of the closing time, the caller then reportedly said, "It's the perfect time to bomb the bus." Police were notified and the school was closed early.

"All Americans, regardless of faith, have the right to feel safe and secure in school and at their places of worship," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. "These threats are deeply disturbing and we strongly urge authorities to take prompt measures to ensure the security of the students who attend this Islamic school."

Yesterday, the ISB received a call from a person screaming about "spilling Muslim blood."

“We ask local, state and national law enforcement authorities to treat attack on or threats to American Muslims with the seriousness they deserve and urge our nation’s religious and political leaders to speak out against the growing Islamophobia that can lead to such incidents,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 

Hooper said the Maryland and Texas incidents are part of a recent spate of hate incidents nationwide targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.

SEE: CAIR Calls for FBI Hate Crime Probe of 'Get Out' Vandalism Targeting Sudanese Refugees in Alaska

He said CAIR is asking community members report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

CAIR is also urging community members and institutions to implement safety measures outlined in its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions.

A free copy of "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

Some CAIR safety guidelines are also available online.

SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
http://www.cair.com/american-muslims/67-cair-muslim-community-safety-kit.html

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062; CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAIR-Ohio Calls on City of Columbus to Allow Hijab for Muslim Women Officers

(COLUMBUS, OH, 5/5/2015) – CAIR-Ohio recently expressed concern about a Muslim American woman recruit at the Columbus Police Academy being forced to leave the Academy as the Police Division does not allow officers to wear head scarves. The Academy refused to give her a religious exemption.

Columbus Police spokeswoman told the Columbus Dispatch that the police division does not allow head scarves to maintain “impartial appearance” and for “safety.”

SEE: Somali Police Recruit Leaves Class Over Head-Scarf Rule

“The concerns of the Columbus Police Division related to maintaining impartiality and safety can be easily addressed by modifying the color and style of headscarves worn by Muslim women. Similar accommodations have been made by law enforcement agencies in other cities in the United States,” said Romin Iqbal, CAIR-Ohio Staff Attorney.

CAIR-Ohio calls on the City of Columbus to allow for a religious belief based exemption to dress codes in all departments and divisions of City of Columbus. “Both Federal and Ohio law mandate that employers provide reasonable accommodation to the religious needs of employees, including, allowing them to wear articles of faith, like the Muslim hijab, Christian cross, Sikh turban, and the Jewish yarmulke,” said Jennifer Nimer, Legal Director, CAIR-Ohio.

CAIR-Ohio urges the City of Columbus to accommodate the needs of all its religious employees and enact suitable regulations to address these concerns.

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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CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Staff Attorney Romin Iqbal at 614 783 7953, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR Condemns Attack on Anti-Islam Event in Texas

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an attack Sunday on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn yesterday's attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, without reservation.

"We also reiterate our view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence.

[NOTE: Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is identified as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. CAIR had advised American Muslims to ignore her event.]

SEE: Pamela Geller Has History of Provocation (Washington Post)
Who Is Muhammad Cartoon Contest Organizer Pamela Geller? (Daily Beast)
The Woman Behind Anti-Islamic Muhammad Cartoon Contest and Her Long History of Hatred (Daily Mail)
What is American Freedom Defense Initiative? SPLC Calls It an Anti-Muslim Hate Group (CNN)

"Muslims in North Texas and across the nation are shocked and saddened by this inexcusable attack and pray for the speedy recovery of the officer injured by the attackers.

"We thank the Garland Police Department for its swift actions to ensure public safety.

"Unfortunately, human history shows us that hatred breeds more hatred and extremism leads to more extremism.

"Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Geert Wilders and the perpetrators of yesterday's attack all seek to provoke a downward spiral of mutual hostility and mistrust in America and around the world.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Pamela Geller
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)

"People of good will must work together to ensure that extremists of all faiths and backgrounds do not accomplish that malevolent goal.

"We reiterate the American Muslim community's support for freedom of speech - even bigoted speech – and its repudiation of terrorism in any form."

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Video: CAIR Rep Questions U.S. Congressmen at Capitol Hill News Conference with Dutch Islamophobe Who Calls Islam 'Retarded'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/30/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a video showing its questioning of infamous Dutch Islamophobe and far-right politician Geert Wilders at a Capitol Hill news conference with his congressional hosts Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw pressed Rep. Gohmert as to whether he stood by "Wilders' statement that Islam is an ideology of a retarded culture." Congressman Gohmert avoided the question only stating that he "proudly stands by Wilders" and that he may not always agree with him but will defend his right to make such comments.

McCaw also pressed Wilders on whether or not the Republican Party should adopt his Dutch Freedom Party's proposal of "banning the Quran and the building of new mosques." Wilders sidestepped the question by stating that he is "not trying to unify the two parties" and comparing the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf.

In the past, Wilders has stated "I hate Islam," called the Quran a "fascist book" that should be banned, referred to the Prophet Mohammed as "the devil," and proposed putting a tax on Islamic head scarves (hijab) worn by Muslim women.

"By endorsing and promoting Geert Wilders' anti-Muslim hate, these elected officials tarnish the Republican Party's reputation and harm our nation's international image," said McCaw.

In April, CAIR called on Republican Party leaders to disinvited Wilders from two speaking events in Washington, D.C., hosted by GOP Congressmen King and Gohmert.

After the news conference, Muslim Congressmen Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) were joined by Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) in a counter press conference that rejected Wilder's anti-Muslim bigotry and promoted interfaith unity and respect.

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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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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