OHIO GOVERNOR SPEAKS AT CAIR BANQUET
(COLUMBUS, OH, 6/18/2007) – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland spoke last night at the tenth annual banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter in that state (CAIR-OH).
Governor Strickland addressed the crowd of 350 people, saying: “On behalf of all Ohioans, [my wife and I] appreciate your vision to promote justice and mutual understanding. We gather under CAIR-Ohio’s theme this year, ‘American Muslims: Connecting and Sharing,’ to do just that, to connect and share and get to know each other better.”
Governor Strickland also expressed appreciation for “the Muslim traditions of strong family, hard work, and education,” and presented a proclamation honoring CAIR-Ohio’s work.
CAIR Chairman Dr. Parvez Ahmed and several prominent imams also spoke at the event. Imams, local elected officials, and members of the interfaith community were among those in attendance.
“Our speakers were truly inspirational and left the audience with a renewed sense of commitment and motivation,” said CAIR-Ohio President Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin. “We are grateful to have the support of the community and officials, and we will continue to work hard to participate in dialogue, improve understanding, and promote justice for all.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. CAIR-Ohio has three chapters – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. 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.