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CAIR: Alabama Muslims Request Meeting at Mosque with Senator Doug Jones

(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 1/11/2018) -- More than 20 Alabama Muslim organizations sent a letter yesterday to newly-elected Senator Doug Jones congratulating him and inviting him to visit a mosque to meet with members of the Muslim community and better understand that part of his constituency.

SEE: Alabama Muslims Invite U.S. Sen. Doug Jones to Visit Mosque

Alabama Muslims have asked U.S. Sen. Doug Jones to visit a mosque and meet with them to discuss their concerns.

Muslims are Alabama’s largest religious minority, with a diverse racial and ethnic base including African-Americans, South-Asians, Arab-Americans, and people of North African heritage. On December 12, 2017, along with hundreds of thousands of others, Alabama Muslims turned out to vote in the Special Senate Election.

“The Muslim community in Alabama enters the new year with great hope and optimism. We expect a return to the politics of dignity, fairness, respect, and mutual understanding,” said Khaula Hadeed, CAIR-Alabama executive director. “We invite Senator Jones to visit a mosque, to meet with Alabamian Muslims, and to learn about their faith and about the Muslim constituents he will serve as an elected official.

“During this special election, Muslims weathered a relentless onslaught of political attacks, with one candidate claiming Islam was not a real religion and that Muslims should be banned from serving in the military or Congress,” said Ali Massoud, CAIR-Alabama government affairs coordinator. “It is our hope that Senator Jones does not forget this vulnerable part of his constituency and that he will work with Muslims to promote policies of inclusivity and justice for all marginalized groups.”

In the joint letter, the coalition groups said:

“We, the undersigned community and civil society organizations, congratulate you on being our newly elected Senator. We further wish to invite you to meet with your Muslim constituents. American Muslims are the most racially and ethnically diverse religious group in the nation. Approximately half of Alabama Muslims are African-American. In the state, the largest Muslim populations reside in Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, and Mobile counties.

“Thousands of Alabama’s Muslims contribute to our state’s economy as doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and other business people, and give back to society every single day as public school teachers, law enforcement officials, active duty military personnel, U.S. military veterans, nurses, pharmacists, and in many other roles building our nation’s vibrant economy.  These upstanding American Muslims exemplify the best of the United States.

“As citizens of the state, Alabama Muslims were particularly concerned and fearful on December 12th, 2017. These past two years have been especially hard on Muslim families, with parents struggling to find and instill a sense of belonging in their children amidst growing animosity from many quarters towards our faith and our community.

“Anti-Muslim rhetoric has been adopted by many misguided candidates aspiring for political office in our state.  A prime example was your opponent, Roy Moore, who represented the depths to which religious-based bigotry can sink. He was unabashed in his defamation of everyday Islamic practices, which inspire thousands of the state’s Muslims to be good citizens and contribute to our local communities as volunteers in fire departments, PTAs, food banks and many other organizations.  As just one example, inspired by Islamic teachings of serving God by serving humanity, Muslim doctors in Alabama are running free clinics to assist those most affected by lack, or loss, of health insurance.

“Alabama Muslim voters share our country’s strong family values.  They are dedicated to raising and educating their children to be good neighbors and productive citizens. They will support candidates who act on the belief that Muslim Americans deserve the same opportunities as all Americans to build better futures for our families and children and deserve to be treated with the dignity, fairness, and respect we all expect. The government cannot be permitted to make new rules banning one religion or singling out one group for discrimination based on how they pray.

“In light of all this, we are sure you understand that our community views your election with much optimism.

“A great step in vindicating that optimism would be for your constituents to meet and build relationships with you, learn about you and your work, share their views as American Muslims, discuss issues that impact their lives every day, and get your commitment to actively and vocally affirm American values of inclusiveness and religious freedom.”

Letter co-signers include the following mosques, civil rights and professional organizations, student associations, and Islamic groups.

  • Alabama Islamic Education Center, Huntsville
  • Anniston Islamic Center
  • Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, Alabama Chapter
  • Auburn Islamic Center
  • Birmingham Interfaith Human Rights Committee
  • Birmingham Islamic Society
  • Birmingham Muslim Youth Group
  • Birmingham Southern College Muslim Student Association
  • CAIR-Alabama
  • East Montgomery Islamic Society
  • Gadsden Islamic Center
  • Huntsville Islamic Center
  • Iqra Math and Science Academy
  • Islamic Academy of Huntsville
  • Islamic Center of Decatur
  • Islamic Foundation of Selma Alabama
  • Muslim Girls of Birmingham
  • North Alabama Islamic Society
  • Salam Free Clinic
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Muslim Student Association
  • University of South Alabama Muslim Student Association

Last year, after Roy Moore’s (Republican Candidate for Special Senate Election 2017) anti-Muslim and anti-Islam comments, including calling Islam a “false religion,” CAIR-Alabama invited him to visit a mosque and area Muslim leadership to better understand his constituency. The invitation went without a response.

SEE: Roy Moore 'un-American' for calling Islam a 'false religion,' Alabama Muslims say

Alabamian Muslims in the previous two years have sent delegations to the Capitol in efforts to engage and to better educate our state’s representatives. Such engagement efforts have fostered greater mutual respect and understanding.

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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: Executive Director, Khaula Hadeed at 334-224-2196 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Government Affairs Coordinator, Ali Massoud at 262-501-1331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Houston to Join Press Conference in Defense of African-American Muslim Inmates’ Rights

Inmates reputedly placed in solitary confinement with no lights, no water, no heat, no clothes, and with no charges for violation of prison rules

CAIR-Houston will join attorneys, other Muslim leaders and prisoner rights activists at a press conference Thursday, January 11, at 11 am, at the SHAPE Community Center, 3815 Live Oak, in Houston, Texas, to report on alleged mistreatment of two African-American Muslim inmates.

The inmates say they are facing retaliation because both men spoke about the horrible conditions during Hurricane Harvey. Both men were placed into solitary on December 16 with no charges and no disciplinary hearing.

Speakers will include attorney Joaquina Rodriguez, Southwest Regional Student Minister of Mosque 45 Abdul Haleem Muhammad, PhD. and Executive Director of CAIR-Houston Mustafaa Carroll (Council on American-Islamic Relations).

CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 832-549-1042, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Welcomes Judge’s Decision to Temporarily Resume DACA Program Protecting Dreamers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/2018) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a federal judge’s nationwide injunction to temporarily block President Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that safeguards from deportation some 800,000 undocumented young people, known as “dreamers,” brought to the United States as children.

SEE: Washington Post: DACA injunction: What a federal judge’s ruling means for ‘dreamers’

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, applauded U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup for the Northern District of California, who ordered the Trump administration to “maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis” as the University of California’s legal challenge to the White House’s decision to terminate the program proceeds.

In September, CAIR condemned President Trump’s termination of the Obama-era federal administrative deportation relief program as “pandering to the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.”

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

The American Muslim community and CAIR welcome this ruling and stand with the 800,000 undocumented young people who were brought to our nation as children.

“As with the Muslim Ban, President Trump’s termination of DACA was driven by the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.

“Dreamers are some of the most dynamic and success-oriented members of our society, and terminating the program has only created fear and anxiety for them and their loved ones. Ending DACA will force many of them back to living in the shadows, rendering them unable to contribute to our nation’s social fabric and economy.

“American Muslims will continue to push for measures that protect undocumented youth and support comprehensive immigration reform -- reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented residents.”

CAIR is calling on all Americans to urge their members of Congress to support the Dream Act of 2017, and other legislation that will reinstate the DACA program.

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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CAIR Welcomes Tennessee University’s Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim ‘Summit’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by a Tennessee university to drop an Islamophobic “homeland security summit” featuring John Guandolo, an infamous anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who claims a former CIA director was a “secret Muslim” and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America.

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, says Trevecca Nazarene University will no longer host the January 25 anti-Muslim event organized by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers. The event would have featured three Islamophobic speakers, including Guandolo.

SEE: Trevecca Nazarene University Blocks Mae Beavers Event Called Anti-Islam

“We welcome the decision by Trevecca Nazarene University to disassociate itself from this hate event featuring bigoted Islamophobic conspiracy theorists posing as national security experts,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We thank Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) for its vital work on this issue.”

"By working with our allies here on the ground in Nashville, AMAC was able to prevent the anti-Muslim haters from having their event at a respected university like Trevecca. Nashville has become a welcoming city for all people and will continue to be so,” said AMAC Program Manager Sabina Mohyuddin.

Earlier this week, CAIR similarly welcomed a decision by Virginia’s Amherst County Sheriff's Office to drop an event featuring Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Chris Gaubatz. Gaubatz is an employee of Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Sheriff’s Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim Event

Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by 'Enemies' of U.S.

The FBI is currently investigating an image tweeted by Guandolo’s hate group that purported to show the bombing of “CAIR HQ” in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that “CAIR needs to be obliterated,” re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Earlier this month, Guandolo tweeted that “Islam is evil & barbaric.”

SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Tweet by Anti-Muslim Group Showing Bombing of 'CAIR HQ'

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev.

SEE: Video Shows Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo’s Alleged Assault on Minnesota Sheriff

Exclusive - Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Guandolo Assaults Minn. Sheriff at NSA Conference, Per Court Documents

John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)

Anti-Muslim Speaker Now Accused of Assaulting a Sheriff

Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:

  • U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
  • the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”
  • when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”
  • former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
  • Muslims are “obligated” to lie,
  • Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America,
  • it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).

CAIR has in the past said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”

John Guandolo: Indict Journalists - Muslim Hotel Managers, Cabbies, 7-11 Workers Seek U.S. Takeover

Audio: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims Mosques, MSA Chapters Seek 'Overthrow' of U.S. Government

Video: John Guandolo Claims Muslims are 'Obligated' to Lie, Talking to Imams is 'Unprofessional'

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo

Video: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret Muslim

Guandolo: Delaware Imam Touching His Nose is Part of Civilizational Jihad

Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:

CAIR’s profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America “is at war with Islam” and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are “preparing for combat.” Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House “have been co-opted by the bad guys.” 

Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because “people who are still sane” are “having to make very difficult decisions.”

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat

In 2016, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.

SEE: Texas College Cancels Controversial Law Enforcement Training Event Led by 'Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist'

Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo to Host Anti-Muslim Training at Texas College

CAIR-Dallas Asks College to Cancel Law Enforcement ‘Training’ by Islamophobe John Guandolo

In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.

SEE: FBI Withdraws from Texas Event Initially Sponsored by Hate Group and Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist

Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.

SEE: Virginia Agency Pulls Accreditation for Anti-Muslim Training   

A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.

SEE: Kansas Sheriff Won't Partner on Training by John Guandolo

A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.

CAIR: Arizona Police Departments Drop Out of Islamophobic Training

Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition, he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.

Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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