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CAIR-Connecticut Questions Muslim Leader’s Exclusion From National Day of Prayer Ceremony

screenshot 2018.05.04 14 51 51(WATERBURY, CT, 5/4/18) – The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) today questioned why a Muslim leader in that state was barred from speaking yesterday at the National Day of Prayer ceremony in front of Waterbury City Hall.

Fahd Syed, a board member of CAIR-CT, says he was notified about the event by the mayor’s office, but when he asked to address attendees at the event, Pastor Royal Moore denied his request.  

“He said, basically, that it included only Christians,” said Syed. “So, Muslims or members of any other faith were not allowed to participate.”

Moore addressed Syed’s allegations in the Republican American, asserting that Syed was excluded because he was not on the agenda. Syed expressed disappointment with Moore’s decision.

SEE: Muslim leader shut out at National Day of Prayer event

“We condemn the exclusion of anyone on the basis of their faith and urge event organizers to actively work to include people of all faiths and backgrounds,” said CAIR-CT Executive Director Alicia Strong. “The National Day of Prayer is meant to bring diverse communities together. I hope in the future organizers will work to plan an event that is inclusive and representative of all community members.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-CT at 860-341-2247 or by filing a report at:

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-CT Executive Director Alicia Strong, or 860-341-2247


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