(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/4/15) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Sikh community after a Sikh man was reportedly delated service and taunted as â€œOsamaâ€ at an Aberdeen, Md., restaurant, in an apparent reference to Osama Bin Laden.Â
[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
“It is inappropriate, unprofessional and illegal for any business that serves the public to discriminate against a customer because of that personâ€™s perceived religion or ethnicity,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry.
She said CAIR is calling on the restaurant owners to publicly apologize to the Sikh customer and to offer diversity training for employees.
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 Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, email@example.com, 410-971-6062