CAIR Questions Use of Taxpayer Dollars for Va. Sheriff’s Islamophobic Training

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is questioning whether taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for a daylong training by the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office in Culpeper, Va., featuring two notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists, one of whom claims the CIA director is a “secret Muslim.”

Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins is sponsoring the training by former FBI agent John Guandolo and William Federer, author of “What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an,” this Saturday at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.

SEE: Culpeper Sheriff Brings Back Controversial “Jihadi Threat” Training

In past presentations, Federer has falsely claimed that Muslims are “taking over” neighborhoods, that Muslims have large families so they can go on welfare and that Islam permits the raping of women.

Video: Islamophobe William Federer Spews Anti-Islam Hate

He has also falsely claimed that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the “global goal of establishing Sharia law” and that Muslims have a “sacred obligation to lie.”

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CAIR-MI Calls for DOJ Civil Rights Investigation Into Death of Muslim Marine

CAIR logo(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 9/13/2016) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether violations of the civil rights of a Muslim Marine Corps recruit led to his death in boot camp.

Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, Mich., died in March 2016 in boot camp - reportedly as suicide - after being hazed by his drill instructor which included him being forcefully struck in the face.

Following a Marine Corps investigation, 20 individuals are facing possible disciplinary action relating to the circumstances of Siddiqui's death.

Siddiqui's drill instructor is also under investigation for reportedly abusing another Muslim recruit in 2015, which included humiliating him in the shower, making him get into a dryer then turning it on and questioning him about his religion.

"We call on the DOJ to launch a thorough investigation into the death of Raheel Siddiqui to determine if the violation of his civil rights led to his death," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "The seriousness of this case rises to the level for intervention from the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice."

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CAIR-AL: Muslim Women Organize to Challenge Stereotypes and Confront Islamophobia

CAIR logoEvent aims to educate, empower and engage Muslim women and mobilize for election, against Islamophobia

(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 9/15/16) - On Sunday September 18, the Alabama chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR- Alabama), in collaboration with local Muslim women, will host an event at which Muslim women will come together to discuss  impact of Islamophobia.

Invited guests include women leaders and candidates in the November state elections, activists. The event is designed as part of the global movement to educate, empower, and engage Muslim women and build coalitions.

WHEN: Sunday, September 18 2016, 2-5 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, Alabama

CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama, Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 205-313-6489 or 334-224-2196

PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY: Women leaders, activists, professionals, homemakers of all religious affiliations, ages, and backgrounds will be in attendance. The program will also showcase works by local Muslim women artists.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Guest Speakers, attendees, and organizers will be available for interviews.

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CAIR Urges President to Maintain Sanctions on Burma as Aung San Suu Kyi Visits White House

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/14/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on President Obama to maintain all current sanctions on the government Burma (Myanmar), originally put in place because of that nation’s human rights abuses, until the citizenship rights of members of the Burmese Rohingya Muslim community are restored.

President Obama meets today with Burmese Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during her first visit to the United States.

In a letter sent to the president, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw wrote in part:

“As recently reported in the New York Times, about 150,000 Rohingya Muslims are being detained in what are reported as ‘Concentration Camps of the 21st Century.’ As a result of state sponsored and communal anti-Rohingya violence, displaced Muslims have been forced by the government and mobs into ‘refugee’ and ‘resettlement’ camps that they are not free to leave.

“These imprisoned refugees are fed diets of less than 2,000 calories a day and not provided adequate access to healthcare or education. This has led to many Rohingya Muslims starving and suffering from ailments due to malnutrition and hunger.

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