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CAIR-OH: Muslims Meet with Cartoonist

CAIR-OH: Muslims Meet with Cartoonist

(AKRON, OH, 2/17/05) – Representatives from area mosques and Muslim organizations met recently with Akron Beacon Journal cartoonist Chip Bok to express concerns about a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad published in the February 5 Beacon Journal.

The meeting, called by CAIR-OHIO and the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (ISAK), was prompted after Bok published a cartoon showing the Prophet Muhammad on CNN wielding a sword with his face pixilated. The caption above the TV viewers read, “Well, no wonder Muslims are upset, Muhammad looks like he’s on acid.” Acid refers to the hallucinatory drug LSD.

Muslim community representatives provided Bok with educational materials and agreed to seek a meeting with the editorial board of the Akron Beacon Journal. Participants included representatives of the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, First Cleveland Mosque, the Islamic Center of Cleveland and CAIR-OHIO.

Contact: Julia A. Shearson, Director, Cleveland Office, 216-830-2247, E-Mail:; Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, President, CAIR-OHIO, 614-451-3232, E-Mail:


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