CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/31/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, recently took part in a two-day meeting in New York of the “National Muslim-Christian Initiative.”

Last week’s meeting at the Episcopal Church Center — which was convened by the Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, the National Council of Churches, and the Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA) — featured a dinner presentation on “The Intersection of Religious Freedom and Respect for What Others Hold Sacred” hosted by the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. It also included discussion of growing Anti-Muslim bigotry in America and possible collaborative efforts to challenge prejudice.

Participants included representatives from a number of national Christian groups and leaders of groups making up the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). At the meeting, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad offered a presentation on Islamophobia.

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,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,

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