(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-elect Donald Trump to drop notorious Islamophobe Rev. Franklin Graham from the list of those invited to pray at the presidential inauguration.
“If President-elect Trump truly seeks to unite our nation as he promised in his acceptance speech, he will limit the list of those offering prayers at the inauguration to religious leaders who work to bring us together, not to create divisions between faiths,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Rev. Graham’s ill-informed and extremist views are incompatible with the Constitution and with American values of religious liberty and inclusion.”
Graham, who has called Islam a "very evil and wicked religion" and claimed Muslims are "enslaved by Islam," was once disinvited from a similar Pentagon event. He has claimed Islam is incompatible with “American values” and suggested that American mosques could be closed.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it will be joining the Women’s March on Washington as a partner organization.
The march will take place at 10 a.m. the day after the presidential inauguration on Saturday, January 21, in Washington, D.C., with participants gathering at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street S.W. Details about the route will be released closer to the date of the event.
(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/11/17) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today applauded Los Angeles county for creating a new office that would address the growing needs of the immigrant community in the county.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl co-sponsored the motion, which passed 4 -1, approving the formation of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in order to help immigrants receive county assistance.
The office will help immigrants find legal representation to fight deportation cases and assist them in identifying other social services. A detailed plan, with a budget and staffing levels, is expected to be proposed later this year.
(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 1/11/17) - The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today called on area political and religious leaders to condemn anti-Arab and neo-Nazi vandalism of a Sylvania Township home.
On Tuesday, a local Arab-American Muslim family came home to find the words “F-ck Arabs” and a large Nazi swastika painted on the garage door of their home. Sylvania Township police are said to be investigating the incident.
In a statement, CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson said:
“We call on state and local religious and political leaders - including the Township Administrator - to condemn this incident in the strongest possible terms in order to reassure all diverse communities that hate-motivated attacks and vandalism are not welcome in our state or community.