WHAT: On Friday, April 14, the newly-formed Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky) will hold an official launch event featuring guest speaker Imam Dawud Walid, who is executive director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter. Walid will speak about “Facing the Challenges of Islamophobia.”
There is no charge for admission. Light refreshments will be served.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
WHEN: Friday, April 14, 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Lexington Universal Academy, 4580 Nicholasville Road, Lexington, KY 40515
The launch of CAIR-Kentucky is part of an expansion of the national organization’s chapter network around the country.
Muslim civil rights group decries ‘almost daily’ attacks on Muslims, other minority groups
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslims civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime investigations of apparently bias-motivated incidents targeting Muslims in Wisconsin and Texas.
CAIR said the incidents are part of “almost daily” attacks on American Muslims and other minority groups nationwide in recent months.
In Milwaukee, Wis., a Muslim woman was attacked Monday morning as she walked home from prayer. The victim says a car pulled up alongside her, and a man who jumped out of the vehicle proceeded to attempt to remove her Islamic head scarf, or hijab. "He said to take my hijab, my scarf. I tried to fight him. 'Don't take my hijab,' you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal," said the victim. She also said that the alleged attacker used a knife to cut her jacket and arm.
In Dallas, Texas, it was recently revealed that University of Texas student government senators found copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, in the toilets of bathrooms after a March 28 student government meeting.
In Northern Virginia, vandals spray-painted Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-religious graffiti on a church and a Jewish community center.
“We are concerned about the almost daily hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority and faith communities, and about the lack of a response from national political leaders,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Our leaders, and particularly those in policy-making positions, need to speak out against the exploitation of increasing divisions in American society that inevitably results in such incidents.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslims civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced its opposition to the confirmation of Mark E. Green as President Trump's new Army secretary because of his past Islamophobic statements.
The Trump administration announced Green’s nomination on Friday. Green is a retired Army officer and Tennessee state senator. [NOTE: The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is expected - at the earliest - to hold a confirmation hearing for Green sometime mid-to-late-May. The actual date of the confirmation hearing is subject to change.]
Green’s Past Islamophobic Statements:
Speaking at a Chattanooga Tea Party meeting in the fall of 2016, Green said it was “a great question,” when a man spoke of his worry regarding an armed insurrection by people who he claimed, “don’t belong here, like Muslims in the United States.”
Speaking at the same Tea Party event, Green said that only information about Islam that should be taught in public schools is “the history of the Ottoman empire” and “the assault of Islam out into the Levant and North Africa and into Constantinople. . .it was 1492 when Constantinople fell to the Muslim horde.”
Continuing at the Tea Party meeting, a person read out a paragraph from a textbook stating that Muslims believe in all the prophets in the Old and New Testament, to which Green replied, “We will not tolerate that.” Green also said, “When you start teaching the pillars of Islam. . .we will not tolerate that in this state.”
When speaking of his experiences proselytizing in Toronto in a Pakistani community, Green falsely claimed that Muslims do not believe that Jesus “was born from a virgin.”