(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/18/16) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) is calling on the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and other law enforcement agencies in California to investigate whether any officers will attend a training conference later this month featuring notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Ryan Mauro, who promotes the debunked “Muslim no-go-zones” myth.
In letters sent to local and state agencies, CAIR questioned Mauro’s scheduled appearance at the California Association of Tactical Officers’ “Symposium on Islamic Terrorism” to be held August 24-25 in San Diego.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says Mauro “has promoted the false narrative of ‘no-go zones’ for non-Muslims in Europe. Mauro also told Fox News host Megyn Kelly that there are growing Muslim enclaves in the U.S. where gangs of Islamic extremists are ‘patrolling’ neighborhoods and enforcing the tenants (sic) of Shariah law.”
Mauro, who works for the anti-Muslim Clarion Project (formerly the Clarion Fund), has also claimed that the “Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest echelons of the Republican Party, as well as the Department of Homeland Security.”
(ATLANTA, GA, 8/17/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced the launch of an outreach initiative designed to reduce Islamophobia by educating political activists, particularly conservatives, about mainstream Muslim beliefs and practices.
"During the 2000 presidential election, many American Muslims voted for George W. Bush," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "However, the rise of violent extremism overseas and of Islamophobia here at home led some conservatives to fear and even loathe their neighbors. Georgia Muslims - who love God, family and country as much as any other American - hope to put those fears to rest by addressing them head-on at their source."
CAIR-GA plans to contact both progressive and conservative groups across the state, including Republican Party chapters and Tea Party-affiliated organizations. The Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is offering to meet with each group's members, deliver an educational “Islam 101” presentation and answer questions about hot-button topics such as terrorism.
"Georgia Muslims look forward to meeting, greeting and dialoguing with various political groups, including Republican and Tea Party-affiliated activists," said Mitchell. "We're willing to answer any and all questions about Islam and American Muslims, whether those questions are tame or critical."
Mitchell, who regularly delivers Islam 101 lectures to church groups and mosque visitors on behalf of CAIR-GA and the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, recently sat for a joint WABE interview with a local Tea Party leader in which the two men discussed the "unexpected friendship" that developed after they engaged in interfaith dialogue.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/16) - The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resolution of an Islamophobic incident that took place earlier this year at the Takoma Park campus of Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Md.
On February 25, a student at that campus was reportedly subjected to hostile and intimidating behavior by an outside activist group that was disparaging Islam and Muslims, and by a professor supportive of the group’s rhetoric. The student, who is not Muslim, challenged the group’s disparaging comments and came to the defense of Muslim students who heard the Islamophobic comments.
Part of the incident was caught on video and submitted to campus administrators who were notified of the incident. CAIR submitted a letter to the college calling for an apology from the professor involved, and urged administrators to pass specific measures to protect the student involved and prevent similar incidents in the future.
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/16/16) – The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the announcement of charges of murder in the first degree brought against the alleged killer of a Queens imam (religious leader) and his associate.
CAIR-NY also urged the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the district attorney to continue the investigation of a possible hate motive.
Imam Ala Uddin Akonjee and his associate Tara Uddin Miah were executed in broad daylight on Saturday, August 13. Both victims wore Islamic attire and had just finished prayer services at the local Mosque at the time of the shooting on the corner of Liberty Avenue and 79th Street.