(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/16) – 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 vandalism targeting a Kentucky mosque as a possible hate crime.
On Friday, when worshipers left congregational prayers as the Islamic Center of Owensboro in Owensboro, Ky., they found the mosque’s sign smeared with red markings. Mosque officials believe the vandalism was motivated by bias.
“All acts of vandalism targeting American houses of worship should be investigated with a possible bias motive in mind, particularly given the recent spike in anti-mosque incidents nationwide,” said National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/8/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to offer a public apology to a Muslim woman verbally abused by the crowd and kicked out of one of his campaign rallies tonight in South Carolina.
Video: Muslim Woman Abused by Crowd, Kicked Out of Donald Trump Rally Interviewed by CNN
(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 1/9/16) – Later today, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a media availability in Richardson, Texas, to call on federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a deadly Christmas Eve shooting in which the suspect apparently targeted his victims because he believed they were Muslim as an act of domestic terrorism.
WHAT: CAIR-Dallas to Ask That Feds Probe Shooting as Act of Domestic Terror
WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 4 p.m. (Local Time)
WHERE: MAS Islamic Center, 1515 Blake Drive, Richardson, Texas, 75081
The alleged shooter, 30-year-old Anthony Paz Torres, who wore a traditional Jewish cap (yarmulke), had reportedly visited Omar’s Tire Shop in Dallas two weeks prior to the attack. During that visit, he allegedly asked whether “Omar” is Muslim. When told that he is, the alleged attacker reportedly replied, “All these Muslims, they’re making problems for us,” and told employees at the site,“I’m gonna come back and kill all of y’all.”
During the December 24 attack, Torres reportedly shouted “Muslim” as he fired, killing one person and critically injuring another. Several other people suffered minor injuries. Torres was charged with murder and aggravated assault and is being held on $500,000 bail.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/8/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a change in policy allowing Muslim workers fired in a recent dispute over accommodation of prayers at a Cargill meat processing plant in Colorado to reapply for their positions 30 days after their termination date, instead of the previous 180-day period. CAIR has been retained to represent the majority of the workers fired from the plant.
Video: CAIR Seeks Reinstatement of Cargill Workers Fired Over Prayer Dispute (Al Jazeera)