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CAIR-MN Welcomes Probe of School Board Member’s Anti-Muslim Facebook Post

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/14/2015) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed an investigation of an alleged anti-Muslim Facebook post by a member of the Columbia Heights, Minn., school board.

CAIR-MN said the board has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, September 15 (District Community Room, 1440 49th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, at 5:30 p.m.) to discuss the complaint about the alleged post, which disparaged bathroom habits of Muslims.

The school board member denies writing the comment, even though it appeared with his own Facebook credentials. It has since been deleted.

SEE:School Board Member Denies Authorship of Disparaging Comment (MPR)

“As an alumnus of the Columbia Heights school district, I am shocked and appalled by these comments,†said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-MN. “Columbia Heights has a significant number of Somali and Muslim students whose faith should be respected by district officials.â€

Hussein noted that CAIR is challenging similar anti-Muslim bigotry by a school board chair in Virginia.

SEE: CAIR Asks Va. School Board to Address Chair’s Anti-Muslim Post at Monday Meeting

CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

In 2013, CAIR's California chapter released a report documenting bias-based bullying of American Muslim students in that state's schools. The report revealed that almost half of Muslim students say they had been subjected to some form of bias-based bullying.

To read the full report, go to: Growing in Faith

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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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