(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/31/2015) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to address the growing number of businesses nationwide that have been declared a â€œMuslim-free zone.â€
CAIR said the latest such declarations came from businesses in New York and Kentucky. Previous â€œMuslim-free zonesâ€ have been declared in Florida, Arkansas and New Hampshire.
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â€œThe Department of Justice has the ability to block this illegal and un-American phenomenon on a nationwide basis and to prevent it from harming the right to religious freedom and equality that we all hold dear,â€ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. â€œThere must be a clear statement from the Department of Justice that such unconstitutional business practices will not be permitted and that business owners who deny service to anyone based on their faith will face legal action.â€
The Washington-based civil rights group recently called on the DOJ to investigate possible federal civil rights violations by businesses in Florida and New Hampshire that made “Muslim free zone” declarations.
SEE: CAIR to Seek DOJ Probe of 'Muslim Free Zone' Businesses in Florida, New Hampshire
Earlier this year, CAIR received a letter from the DOJ announcing a decision to “monitor” a Hot Springs, Ark., shooting range that has been declared a “Muslim-free zone” by its owner.
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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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