(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 3/15/17) - The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on the administration of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to meet with representatives of the Muslim community to discuss its social media policy after a teacher apparently sent out virulently anti-Muslim statements on Twitter.
* “I do not want people who are at war with me (dar so Harb) in my country”
* “Embrace Islam and you embrace death”
Some Tweets also included highly sensitive photos of mutilated children and the comment “Islam did this.”
“We find it repugnant that a public school teacher would use social media to promote hatred of the faith practiced by a significant number of the district’s student population,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “In order to ensure that that this type of incident does not happen again, we will seek to meet with HISD administration to review its social media policy and to consider sensitivity training for its staff.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/15/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the reported vandalism of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, at a New Mexico library.
CAIR also urged authorities to take into account an alleged pattern of behavior by a couple at the Santa Fe library. According to library officials, the couple came to the library every few days, moved books around, displayed right-wing books on tables, and at times would be loud and disruptive.
Surveillance cameras reportedly showed the male in the couple would frequently walk to locations in which damaged books were later found. The Qurans were soiled with a liquid, which library workers believed to be urine.
“Based on the behavior of the suspects in this case, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the destruction of library property,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Yesterday, CAIR’s Arizona chapter called for a similar investigation of the desecration of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, by an intruder at a Tucson mosque.
Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Quran Desecration at Tucson Mosque
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 3/15/2017) – On Sunday, March 26, the Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host a “Make America Whole Again” mosque open house for Trump supporters and Republicans in general. The open house is designed to build bridges of understanding as America becomes increasingly polarized and Islam continues to be misunderstood and maligned.
People of all faiths and political beliefs are welcome.
WHAT: Make America Whole Again: Mosque Open House for Trump Supporters
WHEN: Sunday, March 26th, 3:30 – 6:30 P.M.
WHERE: Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center
8945 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood MO, 63042
Five individuals and the Council on American-Islamic Relations have joined the ACLU of Washington suit challenging the Executive Order on Immigration. The ACLU says that the revised Order signed by Donald Trump on March 6, 2017 is still an unconstitutional ban on Muslims. The class-action lawsuit was filed on February 7 in federal court in the Western District of Washington.
“Cosmetic changes fail to mask the discriminatory intent that pervades the President’s Order. The President promised a Muslim Ban and that’s exactly what the Revised Order is. Our Constitution forbids singling out people who practice a particular religion,” said ACLU of Washington legal director Emily Chiang.
“The Order is bringing misery to the lives of people who have fled war-torn countries, survived brutal conditions in refugee camps, and finally made it to the U.S., some after years of uncertainty and fear. They anxiously wait to be reunited with dearly loved family members who had been cleared for travel prior to the Executive Order and now reasonably fear those family members will never be able to join them here,” said Tana Lin, ACLU-WA cooperating attorney with the firm Keller Rohrback LLP.
The ACLU-WA is representing refugees and asylees who reside in Washington and have filed applications to reunify with their family members who have completed and cleared their final security screenings. Plaintiffs also include people who are Washington state residents here legally but who do not currently have a multiple entry visa. They are now trapped inside the country, unable to visit families in their home countries or carry out education-related travel for fear they will be unable to return to their lives here.