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CAIR: Faith and Civic Leaders Release Open Letter Asking Ohio Governor to Reverse Stance on Refugees

websitelogo(CLEVELAND, OH, 11/24/15) – A coalition of more than 50 faith and civic leaders today released an open letter to Ohio Governor John Kasich asking him to reconsider his stance against Syrian refugees being resettled in Ohio.

The coalition, which includes Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and other interfaith and civic leaders, issued their open letter in response to a recent statement by Ohio Governor John Kasich calling for a halt to the resettlement of Syrian refugees. 

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The November 16 statement made via his spokesperson Jim Lynch indicated that, “The governor is writing to the President to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio.”  The statement went on to say, “We are also looking at what additional steps Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees.”

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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Dr. Ahmad Sakr

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/2015) - The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Ahmad Sakr, who died last night in Los Angeles.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“To God we belong and to Him is our return. Very few people in our community have left a legacy comparable to that of Dr. Sakr. His intellectual legacy will last for generations to come. We offer sincere and heartfelt condolence to his family and loved ones.

“Through his dedicated friendly, humble and practical efforts, he helped support the establishment of hundreds of mosques, schools and organizations that continue to serve millions of American Muslims.

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CAIR Seeks Probe of Bias Motive for Latest Texas Mosque Vandalism

vandalismmosqueTX(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 11/24/15) -- The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism overnight of a mosque in that state.

An official with the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock, Texas, reports that worshipers at a mosque associated with the center discovered outside lights broken and the mosque’s main glass door smashed when they arrived for early morning (fajr) prayers. Nothing was stolen from the facility.

“Because of the recent spike in attacks on American Muslims and their religious institutions, and because nothing was stolen from the mosque, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this crime,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.

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CAIR-NY Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Threat to Muslim Sisters by ‘Postal Worker’

CAIR NY logo(NEW YORK, N.Y., 11/23/15) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the FBI to investigate as a possible hate crime an alleged threat to two Muslim women by a man wearing a U.S. Postal Service uniform and identifying himself as a postal worker.

The two women (who are sisters) and an infant were allegedly approached Friday evening in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, by a postal worker who shouted obscenities and reportedly said, "I am going to burn your 'f**king' temple." He allegedly elbowed one of the women and spat in her face while she was waiting to cross the street. The man followed her across the street and called the other Muslim woman a “n**ger” and said, "I am not crazy, I am a postal worker." 

The two women walked into a corner store with the man still following them. Inside the store, he reportedly continued threatening to burn their “temple” and even began shouting at the infant.

“We ask U.S. Postal Service investigators, the NYPD and federal officials to investigate this threat as a hate crime and to file charges that reflect the seriousness of the incident,” said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique

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