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CAIR Asks Ala. Gov, AG to Repudiate Chief Justice’s Claim that 1st Amendment Only Applies to Christians

roy-moore-AL-chief-justice(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/2/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Alabama's governor and attorney general to reaffirm the constitutional rights of all that state's citizens after video surfaced in which Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court seemed to claim that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn't create us, Mohammed didn't create us.” Justice Moore went on to state: “They didn’t bring the Koran [Islam's revealed text] over on the pilgrim ship.”

Video: Alabama's Chief Justice: Buddha Didn’t Create Us So First Amendment Only Protects Christians

In a statement reacting to Justice Moore’s pronouncement, Washington-based CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said:

“Given Chief Justice Moore's apparent belief that the Constitution does not protect all Alabama residents, we call on the governor and state attorney general to repudiate such un-American views and to reaffirm the First Amendment rights of all Alabamans.”

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, arubin@cair.com

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