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CAIR Applauds Appointment of Rashad Hussain, Khizr Khan to Religious Freedom Posts

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/30/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded President Biden’s appointment of Rashad Hussain as nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and Khizr Khan as appointee for Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). 

SEE: President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Leaders to Serve in Key Religious Affairs Roles

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: 

“We applaud President Biden’s nomination of two distinguished American Muslims to key administration posts that are tasked with upholding international religious freedom. 

“The nominations of Rashad Hussain and Khizr Khan represent an important step in the Biden Administration’s commitment to build a government that reflects the diversity of our nation. It is important that American Muslims – and particularly Muslim youth — see themselves and their values reflected in our nation’s government.   

“We call on the Senate to confirm these two key nominations without delay.” 

Awad noted that in 2010, CAIR welcomed President Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussain as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Appointment of U.S. Envoy to World Muslim Body                      

In 2017, CAIR released a video message marking Memorial Day from Gold Star father Khizr Khan in which he urged all Americans to “recommit ourselves to unity, liberty, justice, and finally – to an end to all wars.” 

SEE: CAIR Releases Memorial Day Video From Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Urging ‘End to All Wars’ 

CAIR’s 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.     

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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