(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/12/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the â€œpostponementâ€ 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 Pipesâ€™ Middle East Forum (MEF) â€œthink tankâ€ announced that the day-long â€œRadical Islam in the Workplaceâ€ conference, which had been scheduled to take place July 20, â€œhas been postponed until later in the year because some of our speakers had to cancel their attendance for this date.â€
Several groups, including CAIR, had raised concerns about credible speakers legitimizing MEFâ€™s anti-Islam propaganda at the conference.
Topics that were to be discussed at the conferenceÂ 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 â€œdistinct dangerâ€ the corporate world faces, according to the event announcement, is Muslim employees â€œmaking aggressive demandsâ€ such as â€œinsisting on wearing hijabsâ€ or praying.
The conference would have featured â€œexpertsâ€ offering advice about how to avoid â€œEEOC chargesâ€ for denying Muslimsâ€™ 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.
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