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CAIR-Florida Welcomes St. Johns County Month of Civility Proclamation in Response to Anti-Islam Billboard

CAIR logo(TAMPA, FL, 5/18/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the Board of County Commissioners of St. Johns County issuance of the Civility Month Proclamation publicly proclaiming the County's strong adherence to fostering civility among its diverse community of residents.

This proclamation comes after CAIR-Florida and other groups approached the County Commissioners in reaction to an Islamophobic billboard poster that was on display in St. Augustine Beach last month. The billboard prompted numerous rejection reactions from the broader community in addition to those voiced by the Muslim neighbors.

The Proclamation, signed by Chairman Jeb S. Smith and attested to by Hunter S. Conrad, Clerk of Courts, reads in part:

“WHEREAS, the St. Johns County community, with its rich history of faith, worship, and building religious toleration benefits from promoting respect and civility. . .

“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of County Commissioners of St. Johns County, that May, 2016 be designated as: Civility Month; and calls upon all citizens to exercise civility toward each other this month and throughout the year.”

CAIR-Florida's Orlando Regional Coordinator, Rasha Mubarak, worked closely with the St. Johns County Commissioners in requesting that they express their support to their constituents after the controversial anti-Islam, xenophobic billboard message was posted.

Mubarak said: “Hateful messages hurt not only the Muslims but the community as a whole. St. Johns County residents and the vast majority of the state's constituents reject the hateful rhetoric that aims to divide us all instead of bringing us all together as Americans standing for our communities, our state, and our nation.â€

CAIR-Florida has publicly condemned the anti-Islam billboard: CAIR-Florida's Communication Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz' Op-Ed Column: Florida says 'no' to religious bigotry http://www.gainesville.com/article/20160419/OPINION03/160419673

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT:

CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, wruiz@cair.com, 305.502.6749

CAIR-Florida's Orlando Regional Coordinator, Rasha Mubarak, rmubarak@cair.com, 417.490.9407

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