(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 10/26/17) – Later today, the Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) will join a coalition of civil rights and advocacy organizations for a silent protest at a 7 p.m. speech by Stephen Kirby at the Sioux Center Public Library in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Critics say Kirby is an Islamophobe who quotes Islamic text and traditions out of context “to give a misleading impression that Islam is violent and backward.”
The event is sponsored by Sioux County Conservatives and had to be moved from the original venue due to protests.
“Mr. Kirby claims he is doing no more than quoting Islamic sources, but he is really no different than anti-Semites or anti-Christian extremists who twist Jewish materials or the Bible to spread hatred and misinformation,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.
In September CAIR-Iowa condemned distribution of hate literature by a neo-Nazi, white supremacist group.
Earlier this year, CAIR-Iowa called for a hate crime investigation of an anti-Muslim message left at a mosque in that state.
Last week, CAIR released a quarterly civil rights report documenting 354 incidents of anti-Islam religious bias during the third quarter of 2017. CAIR documented a 9 percent rise in bias incidents in the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016.
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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