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CAIR-MI Trains Recreation Dept. on Islam, Muslims

(LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI, 5/18/06) – The Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today held diversity training for the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Today’s diversity training as well a previous training held on Saturday, March 13, 2006, examined basic beliefs of Muslims related to issues of modesty, which includes dress codes and manners.

In January 2006, Washtenaw County became the first county in Michigan to write a formal, written dress code policy, which accommodates Muslim males and females religious dress requirements.

SEE: Mich. County alters dress code policy in pools for religious reasons (The Plain Dealer)
http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1137848102229910.xml&coll=2

“We applaud Washtenaw County’s pioneering effort to accommodate its large constituency of Muslims in regards to modifying the dress code policy for pool usage. We hope that their revisions can serve as a model for other counties in Michigan, who have residents with particular attire needs based upon religious requirements.”

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: director@cairmichigan.org

 

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