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CAIR: Arizona Muslims Condemn Attack on Anti-Islam Event in Texas

CAIR-logo(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/7/15) – Leaders of the Arizona Muslim community today condemned the recent attack Sunday on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

In a joint statement, a number of Muslim community group said:

“We condemn Sunday’s attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, and reiterate our condemnation of all forms of terrorism and religious extremism. Our community was saddened to learn that two individuals from Phoenix were involved in the attack that injured Officer Bruce Jointer.

“We also share the view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence.  Unfortunately, human history shows us that hatred breeds more hatred and extremism leads to more extremism.

“Ironically, bigots like those that planned the anti-Islam event and the perpetrators of Sunday’s attack share a common goal of seeking to provoke a downward spiral of mutual hostility and mistrust in America.  People of good will must work together to ensure that extremists of all faiths and backgrounds do not accomplish that malevolent goal.”

The statement was signed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Arizona (CAIR-AZ), the Islamic Community Center of Tempe, the United Islamic Center, the Islamic Center of East Valley, the Islamic Center of Tucson, the Islamic Center of North East Valley, the West Valley Islamic Center, Masjid Al Noor (Mesa), Islamic Center of North Phoenix, Arizona Cultural Academy, the Somali American United Council, the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board, and the Muslim American Society – Arizona.

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CONTACT: Operations Coordinator Kristy Sabbah, 480-704-3876, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edmond Mosque to Hold Open House in Advance of City Council Decision on Expansion

CAIR-logoCAIR-OK, Muslim community leaders to hold news conference after Monday’s city council hearing

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 5/7/2015) – On Sunday, May 10, the Islamic Society of Edmond will hold an open house in advance of a hearing Monday to decide on the mosque’s proposed expansion.

SEE: Islamic Society of Edmond Open House Flyer

On Monday, May 11, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) and Muslim community leaders will offer comments following the Edmond City Council’s decision on the proposed expansion of the Islamic Society of Edmond.

This is the second time that the issue will go before the Edmond City Council after previously being denied over concerns for parking. Monday’s hearing comes one month after the Islamic Society of Edmond was vandalized in a possible hate crime.

SEE: Muslim Group Reports Hate Crime at Edmond Mosque

“Edmond’s Muslim community is an integral part of the city and approval of this expansion would be welcomed as a positive signal at a time when we have witnessed so much hostility and unfounded fear toward Islam and Muslims,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani.
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.

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 CONTACT: 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 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 Ruling that NSA Phone Surveillance Program is Illegal

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/7/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by a federal appeals court that the National Security Agency's (NSA) ‘dragnet’ collection of Americans' phone records is illegal under the USA Patriot Act’s amendment of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, ruled that the collection of bulk telephone records "exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized." The court did not rule on a larger Constitutional question of privacy violations.

Judge Gerard Lynch wrote for the three-judge panel: "The statutes to which the government points have never been interpreted to authorize anything approaching the breadth of the sweeping surveillance at issue here."

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan permitted the NSA program to continue temporarily.

SEE: NSA Program on Phone Records is Illegal, Court Says

"The court rightly found that Section 215 of FISA does not authorize this sort of mass, warrantless and suspicionless surveillance, but instead requires that its powers be used only if the information sought is relevant to a particular suspect under investigation," said CAIR Senior Staff Attorney William Burgess. 

Burgessadded:"The government cannot simply declare that it must collect data about everyone in order to find data about terrorists. It must focus its surveillance on those as to whom there is evidence of an actual connection to terrorism.  In addition, although the court's ruling was limited to statutory interpretation, such dragnet surveillance also clearly violates the Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans."

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.

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

400+ Turn Out at CAIR-Cleveland Event to Honor Muslim Hero of Paris Kosher Grocery Attack

CAIR-logo(CLEVELAND, OH, 5/6/15) - On Sunday May 3, more than 400 people turned out for the 13th Annual Civil Rights Banquet of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), with the theme "Rooted in Faith: Growing Through Service," at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Independence.

The event honored Lassana Bathily, the Malian Muslim who was recently declared a French National Hero for saving customers in the Hyper Cacher Kosher grocery store in Paris during terrorist attacks in January. Bathily received the I-CAIR Courage and Honor Award at the banquet.
  
See: Man Honored for Heroics During Paris Attacks

See: Hero Honored in Cleveland After Terrorist Attack

Banquet speakers included Dr. Hatem Bazian from the University of California at Berkeley, who spoke on the themes of Islamophobia and race, and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Outreach Director of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia, who spoke on the need for Muslims to organize to defend civil rights.

Event proceeds will fund CAIR-Cleveland's civil rights advocacy, educational outreach, and other community programs.

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.

To learn more about CAIR, go to: http://www.cair.com or http://ohio.cair.com

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