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Cair to Host DC Forum on Cartoon Controversy

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful



(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/14/06) – On Thursday, February 16, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will host an afternoon forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the worldwide controversy over caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The forum, titled “Religious and Political Perspectives on the Cartoon Controversy,” will offer two panel discussions featuring speakers such as Georgetown University Muslim Chaplain Yahya Hendi, InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Executive Director Rev. Dr. Clark Lobenstine, University of Maryland Professor Louis Cantori, Dr. Ali Darwish, and Rabbi Mark Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.

CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed, Executive Director Nihad Awad and Research Director Dr. Mohamed Nimer will also take part in the panel discussions.

Thursday’s event is part of the year-long “Explore the Life of Muhammad”
campaign ( ) launched today by CAIR and prompted by the worldwide controversy over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

A light lunch will be served. The forum is open to the public and free of charge, but reservations are required. RSVP to:

WHAT: Forum: Religious and Political Perspectives on the Cartoon Controversy
WHEN: Thursday, February 16, Noon-4 p.m.
WHERE: Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor, National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC See:
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

The forum is sponsored by CAIR and co-sponsored by: Islamic Center of Maryland, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Masjid-ul-Haqq, Islamic Society of Germantown, All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Muslim American Society, Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations of the Washington Area, Islamic Society Frederick

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833



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