CAIR Welcomes President Obama’s Remarks at First Visit to American Mosque

CAIR logoPresident rejects ‘inexcusable political rhetoric’ targeting Muslims during visit to Islamic Society of Baltimore

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed remarks by President Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in which he rejected “inexcusable political rhetoric” targeting Muslims.

At the mosque, he said: “You’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith. Of course recently we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country. No surprise then that threats and harassment of Muslim Americans have surged.”

The president also said: “Here’s another fact: Islam has always been part of America. Starting in colonial times, many of the slaves brought here from Africa were Muslim. And even in their bondage, some kept their faith alive. A few even won their freedom and became known to many Americans. And when enshrining the freedom of religion in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, our Founders meant what they said when they said it applied to all religions.”

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CAIR-Alabama Calls for Meeting with Governor After His 'Insensitive' Comments on Syrian Refugees

CAIR logo(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 2/4/2016)—The Alabama Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today called for a meeting between Governor Bentley and representatives of that state’s Muslim community to discuss the governor’s remarks in his recent State of the State address describing refugees from Syria escaping violence and suffering as "radical Islamists" from a "terrorist nation."

SEE: Gov. Bentley’s State of the State Address

In a statement, CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed said:

“Governor Bentley's labeling of an entire Muslim-majority nation as ‘terrorist’ effectively equates Islam with terror and promotes prejudice. The use of inflammatory language that marginalizes an entire community reduces one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent human history to the status of a political football. We find such terminology insensitive and inappropriate.

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DC: Western Muslims to Issue ‘Washington Declaration’ Forming Coordinating Body

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/4/16) – Later today, the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim groups, will join with leaders from Muslim organizations in the West to issue the “Washington Declaration” announcing the formation of a coordinating body to deal with issues of common concern.

The declaration announcing the formation of the “Coordinating Body of Muslim Councils in the West” will be issued at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and is the result of consultations at the recently-concluded “1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the West” held this week in Arlington, Va.

WHAT: Western Muslim Leaders to Issue ‘Washington Declaration’

WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Bloomberg Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal, 708-288-1914, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Registration Opens for CAIR's 2nd Annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/30/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the opening of registration for its 2nd Annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (#MYLS2016) to be held in Annapolis, Md., on March 24, 2016. 

This year's symposium, to be held again in the Maryland State Capitol, is themed "Defining Your Narrative in a Global Society." The symposium is designed to empower the next generation of leaders to forge their identity and shape their own narrative as Muslim youth face increasing challenges due to unprecedented levels of Islamophobia and intolerance.

The core mission of MYLS is to encourage civic and political engagement among American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society, and to help foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic society. It will also include a tour of state buildings, and involve dynamic speakers who will inspire youth with their knowledge and experiences. 

WHAT: Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium 2016 #MYLS2016

WHO: Muslim Youth Ages 14-19

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