CAIR-FL: MUSLIM MED STUDENTS FACE EXPULSION FOR REFUSING TO UNDRESS
CAIR-FL seeks solution that accommodates religious beliefs
(MIAMI, FL, 09/14/2006) - On Friday, September 15, the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will hold a news conference in Davie to support religious accommodation requests by four female Muslim medical students facing expulsion from Nova Southeastern University for refusing to undress in front of male colleagues for examinations.
WHEN: Friday, September 15, Noon
WHERE: Nova Southeastern University, Terry Building, 3301 College Avenue, Davie, FL
CONTACT: CAIR-FL Communications Director Melissa Matos, 954-272-0490, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, E-Mail: email@example.com
"We call on Nova Southeastern University to comply with the law by providing these medical students with reasonable accommodation for their religious practices and beliefs," said CAIR-FL Legal Advisor Areeb Naseer.
Naseer said other American medical schools have accommodated religious beliefs while maintaining high standards of training.
CAIR has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. 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.