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2012-08-13 02:24:34

Muslim civil rights group calls for FBI hate crime probe OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a paintball attack on an Oklahoma mosque as a hate crime. CAIR-OK said vandals fired numerous paintballs at the doors of the Grand Mosque of Oklahoma City early Sunday and then fled the scene. The attack, which the mosque's...

2012-08-10 06:21:37

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA) chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) yesterday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) urging it to investigate an incident targeting Muslims as a federal hate crime. CAIR-LA said three pig legs were left at the planned mosque site of Al-Nur Islamic Center in Ontario, Calif. Worshipers told CAIR-LA that the pig legs were thrown on the site's driveways just before...

2012-08-09 06:25:42

Muslim rights group questions why candidate willing to hold private meeting with anti-Muslim extremist WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to clarify his decision to meet privately with a key figure in the Islamophobia movement, retired Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin. SEE: Romney Met with Anti-Muslim Activist, Backers of Bachmann Witch...

2012-08-08 06:22:24

Muslim civil rights group to hold news conference at site of Islamic Society of Joplin WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Joplin, Mo., church will host an interfaith "iftar," or Ramadan fast-breaking meal, tonight for the congregation of the Islamic Society of Joplin, which was destroyed by a suspicious fire on Monday. Also today, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference at the site of the burned mosque to call...

2012-08-07 10:25:02

Video captures vandal smashing sign outside Rhode Island mosque WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today issued a community safety advisory for American mosques following another incident targeting an Islamic house of worship, this time in Rhode Island. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Muslims in North Smithfield, R.I., have asked for extra police protection after the sign for Masjid...

2012-08-06 06:23:22

Mosque previously targeted by arsonist; CAIR calls for stepped-up police protection at religious institutions WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for stepped-up police protection at Muslim institutions and other houses of worship nationwide after a fire destroyed a Missouri mosque that had previously been targeted by an arsonist and after yesterday's deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Video: Joplin...

2012-08-02 10:25:10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today sent letters to the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh seeking protection for Rohingya Muslims who are facing a renewed wave of ethnic and religious persecution. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also urged the international community to address the suffering of the almost one million Rohingya in Myanmar (formerly Burma), as well as...

2012-07-19 10:21:53

Muslim civil rights group challenges congresswoman's anti-Muslim fear mongering WASHINGTON, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today sent a letter to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in response to her recent calls for investigations of American Muslims who are participating in the democratic process. In the letter, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote in part: "We remain eternally grateful that, like Sen. Joseph...

2012-07-18 10:24:21

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on mosques and other houses of worship across America to offer prayers for rain to help relieve the drought that is impacting more than half of the nation. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged American mosques to offer the prayers, called "Salatul Istisqa" (sal-AT-al-istis-KA), during this week's Friday congregational services...

2012-07-06 06:21:29

Muslim civil rights group asks authorities to probe possible bias motive WASHINGTON, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism of a South Carolina mosque. CAIR said that vandals threw a large outdoor, concrete ashtray through a window at the Islamic Center of South Carolina earlier this week, causing $1,200 in damage. SEE: Vandals...