CAIR-CT URGES DIALOGUE IN RESPONSE TO ANTI-MUSLIM POSTERS AT YALE – TOP
(NEW LONDON, CT, 11/17/06) – The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) today called for increased interfaith dialogue efforts at Yale University following an incident in which anti-Muslim posters were put up on campus.
A cartoon on the unsigned posters depicted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with a sword in one hand and a decapitated head in the other. Text on the cartoon included the phrase: “Don’t mess with Ahmadinejad’s nukes.” (According to university regulations, students and groups must identify themselves on any posters displayed on campus.)
The Yale Muslim Students Association plans to hold a dialogue in response to the cartoon after the Thanksgiving break.
SEE: Posters Arouse Muslims’ Ire (Yale Daily News)
“It is important that students of all faiths are provided with a safe and welcoming learning environment,” said CAIR-CT Director for Community Outreach Farah Refai. “Yale officials should work with Muslim students to demonstrate through their actions that Islamophobia, like all forms of bigotry, has no place on campus.”
CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-CT Director for Community Outreach Farah Refai, 203-623-4468, E-Mail: email@example.com