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CAIR Calls on Texas Ag Official to Drop Fake Islamophobic Post, Apologize

screenshot www.sacurrent.com 2017 11 28 14 25 49 399(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 11/28/17) -- The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today called on that state’s Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to remove an Islamophobic message posted online and to apologize to the Muslim community.

On Sunday, Miller posted a fake story about President Trump removing a federal judge from the "22nd court of criminal appeals" for trying to implement Sharia law in the United States. The 22nd court of appeals does not exist. 

The following Tuesday, despite acknowledging that the post was indeed fake, Miller only updated his comment to state that Sharia has no place in the United States. Despite his clarification, the post was shared more than 7,000 times and the comment section is filled with Islamophobic responses.

SEE: Sid Miller touted false tale of Donald Trump removing Muslim judge

Texas Ag Commissioner Miller Admits He Shared Fake News on Facebook, Doesn't Remove It

This is not the first time Miller has shared Islamophobic posts and fake news stories about Muslims on Facebook with his over 600,000 followers. Miller previously suggested dropping a nuclear bomb on the Muslim world, falsely declared that Islamic terrorists had established a training camp in rural Texas and shared a fake story about a landlord that asked a tenant to remove the American flag because it offends Muslims.

SEE: On Sid Miller’s Facebook, fake news flows freely

“As an elected official and a community leader, the Texas agriculture commissioner has a responsibility to all Texans to refrain from promoting fake news that is only intended to create division and mistrust in the community,” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh. 

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

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 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-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 512-785-7105

 

CAIR-OK Releases Healthcare Provider's Guide to Islam in Response to Rise in Islamophobia

screenshot www.cairoklahoma.com 2017 11 28 11 37 07 055(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 11/28/2017) – The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today announced the release of its latest Guide to Islamic Religious Practices for Healthcare Providers.

CAIR-OK’s new guide is being released in response to the rise in Islamophobia nationwide in the past year.

The Healthcare Provider’s Guide contains information about common Muslim religious practices and ways that they might impact health care decisions for Muslims and their families. Note: It is intended only as a guide, and individual observances may vary.

SEE: The Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices 

“These guides are an invaluable resource for people to understand the needs of their Muslim students, families, and employees,” said Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, referring to the previously released guides for educators and employers. “This latest resource, intended for anyone working within a health care setting, will help ensure that providers know some of the needs that may arise with Muslim patients and their families, and can treat them with care and consideration.”

“The key to a healthy patient-provider relationship in any religious context is open communication and respect,” said Laizure.

CAIR-OK’s previously-released guides for educators and employers are available on its website and in print by request.

SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices 

An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices 

To request a physical copy of this resource, or any other guide to Islamic religious practices, please contact Veronica Laizure at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All guides and other resources are provided free of charge.

CAIR-OK is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Our 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-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-OK Government Affairs Director Anna Facci, 405-286-6009 x3, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Why You Should Support CAIR on #GivingTuesday

As-salaamu alaykum (peace be to you):

CAIR has pushed back against the rising tide of hate targeting American Muslims and other minority groups. We need your support on #GivingTuesday -- the global day of giving for justice and mutual understanding -- to help us continue and expand CAIR’s defense of you, your family and our community.

DONATE TO CAIR

In the past year, CAIR has:

  • Defended Civil Rights
    • won a major legal victory challenging the constitutionality of the discriminatory terror watch list
    • dealt with almost 5,000 civil rights cases reported to our civil rights attorneys
    • launched a CAIR app through which victims of discrimination may file reports
  • Challenged Islamophobia
    • launched the Islamophobia.org website to monitor the “Islamophobia industry”
    • helped defeat anti-Islam bills introduced in state legislatures
    • organized a national response to anti-Muslim rallies around the country sponsored by a notorious hate group and its white supremacist supporters.
  • Empowered American Muslims
    • conducted Muslim voter mobilization and “get-out-the-vote” drives
    • helped bring hundreds of Muslim activists from around the nation to Washington, D.C., to lobby their elected representatives
    • added a number of new chapters to serve local communities

Please donate generously to CAIR this #GivingTuesday to help us reach our goal of $250,000. Every donation helps.

Contributions to CAIR are both tax-deductible and zakat-eligible.

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National Executive Director

P.S. -- Please send this appeal to your friends and family, and post on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Remember: CAIR is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

 

CAIR Reps Speak at Trinity Cathedral Forum on Civil Rights Issues Facing American Muslims

(CLEVELAND, OH, 11/27/17) -- Representatives of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) recently presented on civil rights issues facing the Muslim community in America at the Dean’s Forum at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

The forum, which was moderated by The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston III, Interim Dean of the Cathedral, was a part of a series of Sunday dialogues called “The Dean’s Forum Podcast.”

It covered issues such as the gap between the faith of Islam and its peaceful practitioners and the negative perception of Muslims in America due to the scourge of terrorism.

The forum also included information on Islamophobia and those who promote anti-Muslim bigotry, including right-wing think-tanks, religious figures, public officials, and commentators.

Forum participants touched on the rise in hate crimes and anti-Muslim discrimination, and provided information on dispelling stereotypes and how members of interfaith communities can take practical steps to help stem the tide of anti-Muslim bigotry through concrete action at the local level.

To listen to the Dean’s Forum Podcast

“Understanding and empathy are key to activating the wider public to stand up against scapegoating and bigotry that are increasingly being deployed for political gain in our country,” said CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson. “The forum provided a chance for congregants to hear first-hand about how the rise of anti-Muslim racism and hate crimes are directly impacting the American Muslim community and what interfaith allies can do to help stop the hate.”

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: Julia A. Shearson, CAIR-Cleveland executive director, 216.440.2247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR National Communications Director, 202.744.7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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