The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) recently provided sensitivity and
diversity training to health care professionals and first responders at
that city’s Ben Taub Hospital.
The CAIR-Houston presentation covered basic Islamic beliefs and practices,
as well as specific information about Muslim perspectives on illness,
medical treatment, gender relations, and the sanctity of human life.
Attendees received copies of CAIR’s booklet, “A Health Care Professional’s
Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.” (The booklet may be requested by
“Today’s presentation was one of the best events that we have sponsored,”
said Chaplin Paul Stephenson, Director of Spiritual Care. “We have already
received several requests to replicate the event and materials, and we plan
to incorporate your presentations into our Chaplin’s residency curriculum.”
“We believe that misrepresentations of Islam today are most often the
result of ignorance and reluctance on the part of Muslims to clearly
articulate their beliefs,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa Galloway.
Galloway said CAIR-Houston training is available to clubs and other
organizations. (Speaker requests may be submitted online at:
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Houston, Iesa Galloway, 713-838-CAIR-(2247),