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Safety not an issue for Muslim Firefighters says Islamic Group

Safety not an issue for Muslim Firefighters says Islamic Group A national Islamic advocacy group said today that safety is not an issue in a dispute over whether Muslim firefighters in Washington, D.C., may wear beards for religious reasons. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines permit beards when firefighters wear so- called “positive flow” respirators, the type used in the national’s capital. CAIR cited a 1996 OSHA

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Muslims hold news conference in support of DC Firefighters

Muslims hold news conference in support of DC Firefighters On Thursday, April 5, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a noon news conference outside a Washington, D.C., fire station to show support for Muslim firefighters facing suspension for wishing to wear what they consider to be religiously-mandated beards. Several Muslim firefighters have been or are being threatened with suspension and termination for refusing to shave their beards. The Washington-based Islamic advocacy group will

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Muslims question choice of author for book on Islam

Muslims question choice of author for book on Islam A national Islamic advocacy group today questioned the appropriateness of a prominent Jewish organization’s decision to have a controversial author write a book on Islam for Jews. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says Khalid Duran, author of a soon-to-be-released American Jewish Committee (AJC) book called, “Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Islam for Jews”, has a mysterious identity and was once convicted of defaming an

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Muslims reach agreement with Dallas newspaper

Muslims reach agreement with Dallas newspaper The Dallas/Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) has announced an agreement with the Dallas Morning News concerning long-standing complaints of anti-Muslim bias in that newspaper’s coverage of local and international events. The agreement, outlined in a letter to CAIR-DFW from Dallas Morning News President Robert Mong, calls for: 1. A series of meetings with newspaper staff and members of the editorial board. 2. Publication of commentaries,

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House members call for ent to use of Secret Evidence

House members call for ent to use of Secret Evidence Members of the House of Representatives today introduced the “Secret Evidence Repeal Act of 2001,” a bill that would ban the use of secret evidence in INS deportation-related proceedings. The proposed legislation was introduced at a Capitol Hill news conference attended by House Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-MI), Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), along with representatives from

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