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CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Sen. Edward Kennedy

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered condolences to the family of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We offer sincere condolences to the family of Senator Edward Kennedy and to the nation for the loss of a great statesman and defender of freedom and justice. Senator Kennedy fought for justice and defended civil liberties, even in times of national crisis.

“He stood by the American Muslim community on issues ranging from racial and religious profiling to government policies targeting Muslims following the 9/11 attacks. He also reached out to American Muslims to ensure their inclusion in our nation’s political process.

“This champion of civil rights will be missed by American Muslims and by all those who value the freedoms offered by our great nation.”

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.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail:


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