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CAIR: Islamophobic Capitol Hill Conference ‘Postponed’ After Speakers Pull Out

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/12/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the “postponement†of an Islamophobic conference targeting constitutionally-protected religious accommodations in the workplace that had been scheduled for July 20 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

A message circulated yesterday by notorious Islamophobe Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum (MEF) “think tank†announced that the day-long “Radical Islam in the Workplace†conference, which had been scheduled to take place July 20, “has been postponed until later in the year because some of our speakers had to cancel their attendance for this date.â€

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Daniel Pipes (Middle East Forum, Founder and Director)

Middle East Forum

Several groups, including CAIR, had raised concerns about credible speakers legitimizing MEF’s anti-Islam propaganda at the conference.

Topics that were to be discussed at the conference implied that it was in part designed to help attendees understand how to selectively deny Americans of the Islamic faith workplace rights afforded to all U.S. citizens. A “distinct danger†the corporate world faces, according to the event announcement, is Muslim employees “making aggressive demands†such as “insisting on wearing hijabs†or praying.

The conference would have featured “experts†offering advice about how to avoid “EEOC charges†for denying Muslims’ their constitutional rights.

As revealed in a recent CAIR, UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender report, MEF funds groups know for promoting Islamophobia in the United States.

SEE: Confronting Fear

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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