The importance of Keith Ellison, a patriotic American who's also a Muslim

Keith-EllisonBy Joan Walsh, MinnPost, 4/30/13

Progressives loved seeing Rep. Keith Ellison smack down his GOP congressional colleague Peter King on "Meet the Press" Sunday, insisting that profiling Muslims in the wake of the Boston bombing is not only wrong but "ineffective law enforcement."

CAIR staff give workshops on civil rights, civic engagement

Freedom-to-eventThis weekend was a busy one for the staff at CAIR's national office. On Saturday, 4/27, two of our civil rights attorneys led a "Know Your Rights" workshop with the Peace Islamic Center in Burke, Va. That event was followed by a civic engagement workshop on Sunday, 4/28, at Masjid Muhammad in Washington, DC, encouraging the Muslim community to get involved and politically active.

Female converts to Islam facing growing scrutiny

hijabisBy Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service, 4/29/13

BOSTON -- When Karen Hunt Ahmed and her Muslim husband divorced four years ago, many friends asked her, "Now you can stop this Islam stuff, right?"

Video: CAIR-AZ Vigil Participants Say Bombers Do Not Represent Islam

What's needed now, loud and clear, are the counter voices of those with influence over would-be copycats. Some immigrant and Islamic religious figures have spoken out including the Council on Islamic-American Relations.


CAIR-DFW Banquet a Success

CAIR-logoMore than 200 people turned out on Saturday for the annual banquet of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of CAIR-Texas. The sold-out event featured addresses by CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, ACLU Texas Executive Director Terri Burke and Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association President Sahar Aziz.

CAIR Director Meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah in D.C.

CAIR-logoCAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad today joined other American Muslim and Arab-American leaders at a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion included the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Middle East peace process.

NC needs a freedom of religion refresher course

Rev. Welton GaddyBy C. Welton Gaddy, News Observer, 4/12/13

It is becoming increasingly clear that some members of the N.C. General Assembly are in critical need of a refresher course on the meaning of religious freedom.

When asked by a constituent whether she would support a Muslim offering a prayer before the state legislature, Rep. Michele Presnell responded by saying, “No, I do not condone terrorism.” She went on to justify her position by saying we “need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom or it will be whisked away from us.”

School resumes at Ohio Islamic Center Burned by Arsonist

Toledo-Islamic-Centerby Eric Wildstein,, 4/8/13

PERRYSBURG -- Class is back in session at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on Sunday, the first time since an arsonist torched the mosque in September.

Ray Kelly Changed "Nothing" About How NYPD Spies On Muslims

NYPD Commissioner Ray KellyBy Christopher Robbins, Gothamist, 4/7/2013

Perhaps emboldened by The Man Upstairs, or the Cheneys and the Noonans that grace its Very Serious pages (or a recent dip in crime), NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly gave an extremely candid interview to the Wall Street Journal. Kelly is asked how the department's surveillance methods have changed in the wake of a Pultizer Prize-winning investigative series and the revelation that the very same surveillance program has generated zero leads. His reply: "Nothing," which appears to be exactly what James Freeman, the assistant editor of the paper's editorial board, chooses for his followup question.

NYPD spying on Muslims has real victims

stock-policeBy Diala Shamas, New York Daily News, 4/1/2013

American Muslims: They're Democrats and Republicans, young and old, bodega owners, doctors, cabbies, bankers, lawyers, students and entrepreneurs.

But the Police Department seems to think they could all be potential terrorists.

Accordingly, the NYPD has decided Muslim communities should be spied on.