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CAIR Accepts Invite by W. Va. Lawmakers to Visit Capitol in Wake of Islamophobia Controversy

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/20/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced it has accepted an invitation extended by West Virginia lawmakers to visit the state Capitol.

That invitation came after a controversy over an Islamophobic poster on display in the state capitol building depicting the attack on the Twin Towers alongside a picture of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). 

SEE: CAIR Calls on W. Va. Governor, State and National GOP to Repudiate Anti-Muslim Display in State Legislature

A letter to CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch signed by Del. Ken Hicks and more than 30 delegates stated in part:

“While our Federal and State Constitutions protect all citizens’ right to freedom of expression and speech under the 1st Amendment, the poster was considered as ”˜hate speech’ which has no place in the honorable State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia. . .My fellow delegates and I invite you and anyone you wish to bring with you to the West Virginia State Capitol for a visit.”


In responding to the invitation, Allouch said: “We hope this visit, which will include leaders of the West Virginia Muslim community, will reaffirm our nation’s role in honoring and protecting religious diversity.”

She said CAIR will work with the lawmakers to schedule a visit.

Last week, CAIR joined a coalition of Muslim and Jewish groups at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to announce a letter of support for Rep. Omar, who the groups believe was smeared with disingenuous charges of anti-Semitism.

Video: CAIR Joins Coalition of Muslim, Jewish Groups in Support of Rep. Ilhan Omar

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,




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