(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/13/17) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today condemned hate vandalism targeting an Asian-American family in that state. Vandals defaced the Oakdale, Minn., family’s garage with a crude anti-Asian slur. A car in the driveway was also vandalized.
“The recent spike in bias-motivated incidents nationwide must be repudiated by all public officials and religious leaders,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Americans of all faiths and backgrounds should push back against rising bigotry and growing societal divisions.”
He said CAIR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2/11/2017) - The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today called on the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a local mosque as a hate crime.
Officials with the Ahlul Bayt Society Islamic Center in Columbus report that a white male was captured on surveillance video vandalizing the door of the mosque this morning with graffiti such as “Allah is a fraud." The alleged vandal reportedly drove to the scene in a vehicle covered with pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton slogans.
“We urge the FBI to add its resources to the investigation of this hate incident and call on local, state and national leaders to repudiate the growing anti-Muslim bigotry in our society that results in such crimes,” said CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Romin Iqbal.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/10/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today sent letters to elected leaders in the Arkansas, Montana and Idaho state legislatures calling on those assemblies to oppose unconstitutional, anti-Muslim legislation prohibiting state courts from considering so-called “foreign laws.” The bills’ sponsors and supporters make it clear these bill are part of a nationwide campaign designed to attack the religious principles of Islam, or “sharia.”
CAIR sent a similar letter last week to Oregon’s state senate leadership.
“Legislation clearly designed to stigmatize a particular faith is a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits government interference in religious affairs,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw. “The promotion and adoption of these unconstitutional bills sends a message that Islam is an officially-disfavored religion.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/9/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight welcomed a federal appeals court’s decision to maintain the freeze on President Trump’s controversial “Muslim ban” executive order, which barred entry into the United States by refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today upheld a lower court’s ruling putting Trump’s travel ban on hold.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We applaud this ruling as a reaffirmation of the strength and independence of our system of justice. This decision adds to the long list of federal judges - both Republican and Democratic appointees - who found reason to block this discriminatory order.
“While this decision is critical, it is not the end of the legal process. Other courts across the country will be passing judgment on this order, and the U.S. Supreme Court will likely weigh in at some point.
“This victory should not lead to complacency. This and other Trump administration orders and policies still pose a threat to communities of color, religious minorities, women, and others.”
Awad noted that CAIR has filed its own federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 named and “john doe” individuals challenging the constitutionality of the “Muslim ban” executive order.