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CAIR Civil Rights Dept. Offers EEOC Workshop

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/10/05) - CAIR's Civil Rights Department yesterday
conducted a workshop, titled "Workplace Issues that Confront the Arab and
Muslim Communities," at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) in Washington, D.C.

The work shop, which was organized by the Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR) unit of the EEOC, was designed to address critical issues in the area
of labor employment

CAIR Civil Rights Manager Khadija Athman presented the workshop, which
focused on basic Islamic beliefs, issues of discrimination that confront
the American Muslim community, the root causes of labor/employment
conflicts that adversely affects American Muslims, and potential remedies
for these issues.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the EEOC's Investigative
Unit, Alternate Dispute Resolution Unit and Charge Receipt and Technical
Assistant Unit. Others in attendance included members of Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Raytheon, and Howard University Law School.


CAIR-San Antonio: 260 Students Attend Conference on Islam

Sarwat Husain, Executive Director of CAIR-San Antonio gives a lecture on Islam in CAIR's Lecture Series.

Sarwat Husain, Executive Director
of CAIR-San Antonio gives a lecture on
Islam in CAIR's Lecture Series.
SAN ANTONIO, 2/10/05) - The San Antonio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) said today that more than 260 students attended its conference on Islam at the Providence High School on Wednesday, February 9.

The conference, an all day event, started off with a local Islamic religious leader (Imam) reciting from the Quran, Islam's revealed text, and then a CAIR-San Antonio representative reciting the pledge of allegiance, both of which were broadcast in each classroom in the school.

Students attended lectures on Islam throughout the day and participated in discussions on a variety of topics. Islamic displays and food were also available.

"It was a beautiful day," said Sarwat Hussain, executive director of CAIR-San Antonio. "Many teachers and interfaith leaders also participated in the event and deemed it a great success!"

CONTACT: Sarwat Hussain, 210-378-9528, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CAIR-Ohio: Senate Bill Threatens Academic Freedom

(COLUMBUS, OH, 2/9/05) - CAIR-Ohio is urging all persons of conscience to
voice their concern over the recently-introduced Ohio Senate Bill 24.

If enacted, Senate Bill 24 will censor Ohio colleges and universities. The
so-called "Academic Bill of Rights" is truly a misnomer, as it is really an
"academic bill of restrictions."

CAIR, along with the ACLU and other civil rights organizations, opposes
passage of this bill because it could be used to curtail academic freedom
and to encourage thought policing in our institutes of higher education.
The bill would have a chilling effect on freedom of inquiry on Ohio's

For example:

* The bill forces the board of trustees, of both public and private
schools, to adopt policies about what can and cannot be taught.

* Under the bill, faculty would be discouraged from teaching anything
"controversial" - a vaguely defined term that could pertain to any number
of topics including evolution, history, or religion.

* If they do raise controversial issues, teachers would have to present
alternative views regardless of the merits of those views or their own
beliefs about them.

* Senate Bill 24 would shift the responsibility for course content and
student evaluation from highly trained faculty to the state government or
the courts, a prospect that is highly offensive to many college professors.


In a commentary about the bill, William T. Lyons Jr., the director of the
Center for Conflict Management at the University of Akron, said:

"The best way to combat ideas we do not like, or policies we do not
support, is by coming up with better ideas and persuading others that our
ideas have merit. Trying to outlaw ideas we do not approve of, even in the
name of free expression, is a cure far worse than the disease."

Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, a professor at Youngstown State University, wrote
in a letter to the editor:

"Senate Bill 24 is not a bill of academic rights but a bill of statutory
requirements that if passed will have wide and adverse effects upon the
academic profession and upon all public and private colleges and
universities in the State - statutory requirements that have no rational

The "Academic Bill of Rights" is a concept being promoted in state
legislatures nationwide by leftist-turned-conservative David Horowitz.
Horowitz formed a group called Students for Academic Freedom to combat what
he says is the grip that liberals have exercised at universities since the
'60s. SEE: http://www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org/

Horowitz is editor-in-chief of a web site, www.frontpagemag.com, that has
published articles with titles such as, "Why Islam Can't Join the Modern
World," "Why Islam Hates Democracy," "Islam Uber Alles," "Islam's Immigrant
Invasion of Europe," "Kerry's Secret Muslim Connections," "US Muslims Stalk
More Infidels," and "Black Muslim Traitors." Horowitz is also the author of
"Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED - Contact your elected officials to ask that
they oppose Senate Bill 24. Messages from college students, parents,
faculty, and administrators would be especially helpful.



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Members of the Senate Education Committee:

Chair: Joy Padgett
Clerk: Grant Earlich
Regular Meetings: North Hearing Rm.
Partisan Breakdown: 6 Republicans, 3 Democrats

Chair Sen. Joy Padgett
Vice Chair Sen. Gary Cates
Sen. John Carey
Sen. Randy Gardner
Sen. Jeff Jacobson
Sen. Larry Mumper

Ranking Minority Member Sen. Teresa Fedor
Sen. Eric Fingerhut
Sen. Ray Miller

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CONTACT: CAIR-OH President Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916,
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CAIR-Ohio Civil Rights Director Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fox Airs '24' Disclaimer

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today said that the Fox television network aired a disclaimer Monday night during its drama series "24" stating that American Muslims reject terrorism. SEE: http://www.fox.com/24/

Fox's disclaimer, read by actor Kiefer Sutherland, stated:

"Hi. My name is Kiefer Sutherland. And I play counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on Fox's 24. I would like to take a moment to talk to you about something that I think is very important. Now while terrorism is obviously one of the most critical challenges facing our nation and the world, it is important to recognize that the American Muslim community stands firmly beside their fellow Americans in denouncing and resisting all forms of terrorism. So in watching 24, please, bear that in mind."


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Fox consulted with CAIR on the text of the disclaimer.

CAIR, along with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, recently met with
representatives of Fox and the show's producers to address the depiction of
a "Muslim" family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the popular
program. The group is concerned that the portrayal of the family as a
terrorist "sleeper cell" may cast a shadow of suspicion over ordinary
American Muslims and could increase Islamophobic stereotyping and bias.

After meeting with CAIR, Fox officials said they would distribute a CAIR
public service announcement (PSA) to network affiliates.


"We appreciate Fox's willingness to address Muslim concerns and to tell
viewers that American Muslims repudiate terror," said CAIR Communications
Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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