(CINCINNATI, 1/6/17) â€“ Karen Dabdoub, executive director of the Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) and Imam Ismaeel Chartier of the Islamic Association of Cincinnati were honored to accept a Cincinnati City Council resolution yesterday condemning Islamophobia and expressing support for the Cincinnati-area Muslim community.
The resolution, which opposes Islamophobia and reaffirms Cincinnatiâ€™s â€œcommitment to being a place welcoming of all faith communities,â€ was introduced by Cincinnati City Council Member Chris Seelbach and passed unanimously by a vote of the council.Â
It reaffirms that hate crime laws must â€œprotect those who are victims of crimes solely due to their faithâ€ and expresses support for the Cincinnati-area Muslim community.
â€œMembers of the Muslim community in Cincinnati and around the country, like many of our fellow citizens, is very concerned in these uncertain times about what the coming presidential administration will bring to our diverse communities,â€ said Dabdoub, â€œThere is much to be concerned about when we see hate crimes and hate incidents increasing sharply against minority communities, and when we hear hateful, bigoted speech becoming more frequent. This Cincinnati City Council resolution reaffirms the welcoming and civil nature of the Cincinnati community and lends official support to traditional American values of religious and ethnic inclusion.â€
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.Â 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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