CAIR Says Trump’s Plan to Subject Immigrants to an Ideological ‘Test’ Violates American Values

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, said today that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s newly-announced proposal to subject immigrants to an ideological “test” is a violation of American values.

In a speech today in Ohio, Trump also repeated his demand that the ill-defined hot button term “radical Islamic terrorism” be used to describe America’s ongoing struggle against deviant groups like ISIS.

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:

“In today’s speech, Donald Trump proposed an ideological ‘test’ to ensure that potential immigrants support American values. American values include the right to hold unpopular or non-majority opinions. Trump himself would likely not gain entry into the United States if tested for basic American values of tolerance and pluralism, given that his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States and his views on Latinos are in complete contradiction to America’s traditions of ethnic diversity and religious freedom.  

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CAIR-SFBA to Join San Jose City Council to Recognize Muslim Appreciation Month

CAIR logo(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/15/2016) On Tuesday, August 16, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will join San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Ash Kalra, and the San Jose City Council, as they present the local American Muslim community with a proclamation recognizing "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month". On Monday, August 1, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced House Resolution 59 to proclaim the month of August 2016 as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month" and was joined by 61 co-authors.

WHAT: Presentation of Proclamation to Recognize August 2016 as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month"

WHEN: August 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, California 95113

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626.252.0885, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-SFBA Communications & Outreach Coordinator Nashwah Akhtar, 408.986.9874, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CAIR: Funeral Prayers Today for Slain NY Imam and Associate

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/16) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join a community news conference prior to funeral prayers for a New York imam (religious leader) and his associate shot and killed on Saturday.

[MEDIA NOTE: Monday’s news conference will be livestreamed on CAIR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/ ]

The funeral prayer for Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin will be held at 2:30 p.m. after the 1:45 p.m. news conference at Grant Avenue Municipal Parking Field, 581 Grant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208.

WHEN: Monday, August 15, 1:45 p.m. News Conference, 2:30 Prayer

WHERE: News Conference and Funeral Prayers at Grant Avenue Municipal Parking Field, 581 Grant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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BREAKING: CAIR-NY, Muslim Leaders to React to Shooting Deaths of Queens Imam, Associate

CAIR logo(NEW YORK, NY, 8/13/16) – Later this evening, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will hold a news conference with Muslim community leaders near the site of the shooting deaths of a Queens imam and his associate as they walked home from Saturday afternoon prayers. Both victims were dressed in Islamic attire at the time of the shooting at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 79th Street. The lone gunman remains at large.

SEE: Queens Imam and His Assistant Shot to Death by Gunman in Attack Local Muslims Blame on Donald Trump

“The perpetrator of these senseless killings must be swiftly apprehended and face the full force of the law,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “We ask anyone with information about this attack to contact appropriate law enforcement authorities.”

WHAT: CAIR-NY, Muslim Community Leaders React to Shooting Deaths of Imam, Assistant

WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: In Front of Al-Furqan Jame Masjid at 77th Street and Glenmore Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens, 11417

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