(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/17/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered President Trump some advice on a scheduled speech outlining his “hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam” during an upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia. Trump leaves for his first foreign trip on Friday, which starts in Saudi Arabia.
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who had a key role in the controversial “Muslim ban” executive orders, will reportedly help write the president’s speech on Islam.
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The president’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster recently said Trump will "deliver an inspiring yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president's hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world.” “The speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners,” said McMaster.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/17/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Air Force to review course materials offered by a counterterrorism instructor at its United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) in Florida who CAIR says is associated with an “anti-Muslim propaganda mouthpiece” and has made a number of false statements about Islam and Muslims.
That review, which CAIR has confirmed with relevant officials, comes following a letter CAIR sent in March to Lieutenant General Marshall B. Webb, commander of the U.S. Airforce Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida citing instructor Patrick Dunleavy’s past Islamophobic statements and his association with the hate group Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).
Dunleavy teaches a USAFSOS course called “The Dynamics of International Terrorism” and is a “senior fellow” with IPT.
(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 5/16/2017) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today expressed concern about the reported racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic atmosphere in the EMS Division of the City of Detroit Fire Department.
At least one individual who boasts of being a captain with the fire department is utilizing that social media outlet to unleash a torrent of racist and xenophobic material. Much of the offensive content targets immigrants, Muslims and other minority groups.
CAIR-MI viewed more than 50 offensive Facebook posts from Captain Tim Goodman. Among the images Captain Goodman has posted of himself in uniform are some of the most deeply insensitive and offensive images that CAIR-MI has ever seen from a public service worker. Some of the most offensive images were posted while Captain Goodman was on duty at the fire house.
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 5/16/2017) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an allegedly bias-motivated arson attack on the home of an African-American family in upstate New York.
On Sunday night, authorities were alerted to a fire at an African-American family’s home in Schodack, N.Y. Law enforcement found a Nazi swastika and racial slurs spray-painted on the front of the garage before it was destroyed. Though the home was also damaged by the fire, it remained largely undamaged. No one was hurt in the blaze.
“Too often we have seen how bias-motivated incidents impact families and destroy lives of different targeted groups, while going largely unnoticed,” said Afaf Nasher, executive director of CAIR-NY. “We are glad that in this instance the family is safe and that authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime. This proactive approach by law enforcement is a step in the right direction for the safety of this family, and for all New Yorkers.”