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CAIR Urges New Mexico Business to Remove Anti-Muslim, Anti-Obama Sign

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/31/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged a New Mexico business to remove an anti-Muslim and anti-President Obama sign.

A convenience store in Mayhill, N.M., has a notice posted on its door reportedly stating, “Obama & other Muslims Not welcome here.” The hate sign has also been sold to customers. Last year, an image stating “Kill Obama” was reportedly posted in one of the store’s windows.

SEE: New Mexico store under fire for reported sign 'Obama & other Muslims not welcome here'

“While everyone has the First Amendment right to free speech – even offensive speech – we urge the store’s owner to remove the sign in the interest of common decency and of our nation’s unity at a time of increasing divisions,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html    

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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