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Muslim Group Thanks Texas House Speaker for Statement of Support

Texas-State-Capito-building(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 1/29/15) — The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today thanked Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) for his statement in support of civic engagement by Muslims in that state.

Earlier today, CAIR's national office called for an ethics ruling after Texas state Representative Molly White (R-Belton) instructed her staff to administer loyalty oaths to participants in today's Texas Muslim Capitol Day in Austin.

On Facebook Rep. White mentioned: “I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws,” and, “We will see how long they stay in my office.”

SEE: CAIR Requests Ethics Ruling on Texas Lawmaker's Muslim Loyalty Oath

In response to CAIR's request, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement:

“The Texas Capitol belongs to all the people of this state, and legislators have a responsibility to treat all visitors just as we expect to be treated — with dignity and respect. Anything else reflects poorly on the entire body and distracts from the very important work in front of us.”

Video: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus Issues Statement in Support of Texas Muslims

“We thank Speaker Straus for his statement in support of the right of all Texans, regardless of faith, ethnicity or national origin, to participate fully in the political process and to make their views heard by elected officials,” said CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain.

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-TX Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, 713-838-2247 (office), 713-585-6314 (cell); rnasrullah@cair.com; CAIR-TX Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 713-838-2247 (office), 832-549-1042 (cell); mcarroll@cair.com; CAIR-TX Outreach Coordinator Ahmad Alaswad, 713-838-2247 (office), 713-484-9027 (cell), aalaswad@cair.com

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