CAIR Asks Scott Walker to Apologize for Claim that Only a ‘Handful’ of Muslims are ‘Reasonable, Moderate
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/21/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, is calling on Republican presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker (WI) to apologize for his claim that there are only a "handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam." Walker made that false claim while campaigning in New Hampshire.
“These types of inaccurate statements reflect a lack of understanding of Islam and Muslims that is, frankly, not presidential,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “If Mr. Walker believes only a ‘handful’ of Muslims are moderate or reasonable, then he is ignoring the very clear reality that violent extremists murder more Muslims than they do people of any other faith.”Read more
CAIR COMMUNITY ALERT: CAIR Urges Safety Precautions After FBI Report Says Militias are Targeting U.S. Muslim Institutions
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked Muslim community leaders nationwide to consider instituting additional safety measures for prayers and other activities following revelations of a recent FBI bulletin warning that “militia extremists” may begin targeting Muslim institutions, including mosques and community centers.Read more
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, yesterday hosted a one-day summit in Alexandria, Va., on “Confronting the Threat of Islamophobia.”Read more
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered condolences on the passing of civil rights leader Julian Bond, who died Saturday at age 75 after a brief illness.Read more
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/13/2015) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that an Oklahoma survival equipment store has joined the growing number of businesses nationwide that have declared themselves “Muslim-free.”
CAIR also questioned why, despite repeated requests for action, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has remained silent on the “clearly illegal” religious ban, which the Washington-based group compared to “whites only” businesses excluding African-Americans prior to the Civil Rights Movement.
The Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store in Oktaha, Okla., has a sign in its window stating it is a “Muslim free establishment.” The sign also states, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,” which is the same language used by businesses that refused to serve African-American customers in the 1950s.Read more
(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 8/13/15) - The San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SA) today expressed solidarity with that city’s Jewish community after vandals spray-painted Nazi swastikas and racial slurs on gates, walls and monuments near the Rodfei Sholom Synagogue.
“San Antonio’s Muslims stand with our Jewish neighbors in rejecting the intolerance that results in such offensive and un-American behavior,” said CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain. “We hope the perpetrators are brought to justice and educated about the negative impact their hate-filled beliefs have on the entire society.”
CAIR has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, and California following acts of violence, vandalism, arson or bombings.Read more
(LOS ANGELES, CA, 8/10/15) – The Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today renewed its call for the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center to stop its desecration of Mamilla (Ma’manullah) Cemetery in Jerusalem.Read more
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/7/2015) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a new brief, called “Toxic Hate,” indicating that the backlash against this nation’s Muslim community since Daesh (also known as ISIS) murdered two Americans in Syria last August has a “more violent tone” than past spikes in Islamophobic sentiment.Read more
CAIR-Cincinnati Director to Take Part in Military Ceremony Honoring Relative Who Fought in Civil War
(CINCINNATI, OH, 8/7/15) – Later today, CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub will join other members of her family in a military ceremony at the grave of her great, great grandfather, who fought in the Civil War.Read more
MEDIA ADVISORY - CAIR: Muslim, Civil Rights Groups in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Boston to Speak Out on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/15) – On Thursday, August 6, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join other Muslim and civil rights organizations in holding news conferences in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Boston to express growing community concerns about proposed government-initiated “countering violent extremism” (CVE) programming. These events are being held in the three cities designated to launch CVE pilot programs.Read more