(LOS ANGELES, CA, 10/27/2004) – The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today announced that Muslim businesses in San Diego have once again been allowed to display banners marking the Muslim fast of Ramadan.
City officials ordered the removal of 16 green-and-white Ramadan banners from lampposts last week, despite the fact that they had been displayed for the past five years. The banners feature a star and crescent and the words “Ramadan Mubarak,” or “blessed Ramadan.”
A city official said the banners had to be taken down because of their religious content. One of the Muslim business owners told CAIR that the banners went up again sometime early this morning.
SEE: “Display of Ramadan Banners at Issue”
After learning of the order to remove the banners, CAIR urged Muslims nationwide to contact city officials in protest. Many Muslims responded by sending e-mails requesting that display of the banners be permitted.
“The decision to permit display of the banners demonstrates San Diego’s commitment to religious accommodation and sensitivity to the cultural needs of all city residents,” CAIR-LA Civil Rights Director Ra’id Faraj.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334; Ra’id Faraj, 714-776-1847, 714-390-1077
SEND A NOTE OF APPRECIATION TO:
Mr. Dick Murphy
Mayor of San Diego
202 “C” Street, 11th floor
San Diego, CA 92101