(ATLANTA, GA, 3/1/17) – Over the next week, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) plans to deliver educational presentations about American Muslims, Islamophobia and terrorism to people of all faiths during open houses at two Georgia mosques targeted by anti-Muslim extremists.
“Georgia Muslims can think of no better response to hate speech than opening our doors, greeting our neighbors and directly addressing hot-button issues, including the twin evils of terrorism and Islamophobia,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA, which has delivered Islam 101 presentations at numerous other mosques and churches around the state. “Education is the best vaccine against discrimination.”
The Islamic Society of Augusta, which has been the site of protests by an anti-Muslim extremist who carries a weapon while desecrating copies of the Quran outside the mosque, plans to welcome members of the public for “Lifting the Veil: Rebutting Terrorism & Bigotry” an interfaith open house on Thursday, March 2, at 7 pm.
During the event, CAIR-GA plans to deliver a presentation explaining who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and what Muslims practices, followed by a Question & Answer session regarding hot topics, including terrorism and Islamophobia.
What: “Lifting the Veil: Rebutting Terrorism & Bigotry” Open House
Where: 465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907
When: Thursday, March 2, 7 pm
As part of the statewide Visit a Mosque Day on March 11th, CAIR-GA plans to deliver an Islam 101 presentation at the Islamic Center of Savannah, which received an anonymous letter from a Trump campaign supporter threatening “genocide” shortly after Election Day 2016.
What: Georgia Visit a Mosque Day 2017
Where: Islamic Center of Savannah, 1030 Dutchtown Rd, Savannah, GA 31419.
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 3 pm to 6 pm.
CONTACT: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia, 404-285-9530; email@example.com
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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.