(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/31/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™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 storeâ€™s windows.
â€œWhile everyone has the First Amendment right to free speech â€“ even offensive speech â€“ we urge the storeâ€™s owner to remove the sign in the interest of common decency and of our nationâ€™s unity at a time of increasing divisions,â€ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
CAIRâ€™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.
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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:Â http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html Â Â Â
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org