On Wednesday, Maryland's Frederick County Public Schools Board of Education adopted a 2015-2016 calendar that includes the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) and commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command.
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Board will vote December 18 to decide if Muslim holidays will be placed on the 2015-2016 calendar
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/16/2014 -- The New Jersey chapter for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) today called on East Brunswick's Board of Education to approve a petition to include the Muslim holidays of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha on the school calendar.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/8/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, yesterday joined the Montgomery County branch of the NAACP, the National Coalition for Civil and Human Rights, the Human Rights Commission, the African American Chamber of Commerce, and many other groups at an "Every Life Matters" march and rally in Rockville, Md., to support African-American youth and the value of African-American life.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/6/14) – On Sunday, December 7, representatives of the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) will join other community and interfaith leaders at a memorial service in Kansas City, Mo., for Abdisamad "Adam" Sheikh-Hussein, the 15-year-old boy who was murdered Thursday in an apparent anti-Muslim hate attack.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/2014) -- The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations, today announced plans to host the first-of-its-kind National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2015.
(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 12/4/14) – The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the resignation of Angela Box, a third-grade teacher who made anti-Muslim remarks on a public access television show.
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 11/23/14) -- More than 500 people turned out on Saturday for the 9th annual banquet of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), with the theme "Rooted in Faith, Growing Through Service."
You may have heard that the United Arab Emirates recently released a list of organizations it deems as terrorists which, outrageously, included the Muslim American Society (MAS) and CAIR.
We are also certain that you saw the U.S. government swiftly reject this labeling.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a public video response to Fox News for demanding that an American Muslim leader come on the network to condemn "Islamic extremism" and then failing to interview a leader who accepted that challenge.
On October 6, Fox News Host Greta Van Susteren issued an on-air challenge, stating:
"So here's my offer. I will give any Muslim leader of national or international stature the platform right here 'On the Record' to condemn Islamic extremism and to make a call to arms of every Muslim leader of every mosque to do the same. Condemn Islamic extremism."
Despite CAIR's immediate agreement to have its National Executive Director Nihad Awad appear on her program to repeat the American Muslim community's consistent condemnation of religious extremism and terrorism, Van Susteren's producers changed the terms of the challenge and ultimately dropped Awad's appearance.
In the video, CAIR's Awad states in part:
"Time after time, we hear Fox hosts and commentators calling for Muslim leaders to speak out, asking where the Muslim condemnations of terrorism and religious extremism are.
"That's a good question. Where are those condemnations? The answer?
"Those condemnations are in the in-boxes of Fox staffers. CAIR has more than 170 email addresses belonging to Fox News hosts, producers and reporters on our media list.
"Every time CAIR issues a statement or a press release, it is sent to all those email addresses. Fox News crews often show up to our press conferences, take notes, record video, and then leave, and the footage never makes it to air.
"So the real question is, why isn't Fox News telling its viewers the truth?"
Watch CAIR's video calling Fox News out on this apparently fake challenge and outlining the network's consistent pattern of ignoring Muslim condemnations of extremism and terrorism.
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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