CAIR-NY REP PARTICIPATES IN RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY PANEL
(NEW YORK, NY, 6/22/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today participated in a panel discussion entitled “Muslim Communities in America and NYC.” The event, sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York, was part of a series of events designed to educate secondary school teachers from different parts of the United States about major world religions.
“Religious intolerance is rooted in ignorance and misinformation,” said CAIR-NY Communications Coordinator Faiza N. Ali, who spoke on today’s panel. “It is imperative that educators understand the religious beliefs and practices of their diverse student body.”
At the event, Ali spoke about being a young Muslim in New York and the generational differences and new challenges within religious traditions. She added that CAIR-NY and CAIR chapters nationwide offer cultural sensitivity training about Islam to school administrators and teachers.
She said CAIR publishes a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help teachers understand the faith and practices of their Muslim students.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Communications Coordinator Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, E-Mail: email@example.com