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2014-01-22 16:21:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed an updated Pentagon policy on religious accommodation for military personnel. The updated policy, effective today, changes rules governing religious accommodations that include beards, turbans and other religious symbols. Under the new policy, the military will make every effort to accommodate...

2013-11-13 12:24:55

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the growing call by Native American groups and others concerned about derogatory team nicknames and mascots in calling on the Washington "Redskins" to change its name. SEE: Oneida Indian Nation 'Change the Mascot' Campaign http://www.changethemascot.org/press/ CAIR issued that request as President...

2013-09-16 16:23:20

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Tuesday release of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) report, "Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2011-2012," will be delayed until further notice due to the fatal shootings at the Washington Navy Yard near the civil rights organization's Capitol Hill headquarters. CAIR had scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning to release the report. That news conference has been...

2013-08-21 12:26:13

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today distributed a commentary by its National Executive Director Nihad Awad, titled "Muslims Mark 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington." CAIR distributed the column below through ISLAM-OPED, a syndication service designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media...

2013-08-15 20:21:32

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), today issued a video appeal in Arabic calling for the release of Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, who has been missing and presumed kidnapped in Syria. Video: CAIR Appeal for Release of Father Paolo Dall'Oglio http://tinyurl.com/mq6rwtq In his video appeal, Awad said: (Translation from the Arabic.) "May God's peace, mercy and blessings be upon...

2013-05-23 12:25:29

'Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety' produced in response to bias attacks WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today it is distributing new safety and security guidelines to mosques and other Islamic institutions nationwide. VIEW: Front Cover of 'Best Practices for Mosque and Community...

2013-05-01 12:25:49

When victim asked 'why are you punching me?' alleged attacker replied, 'You're a [expletive] Muslim.' WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is seeking hate crime charges for an alleged assault on a Muslim U.S. Army reservist and Iraq veteran reportedly attacked by a passenger who compared him to those who carried out the Boston Marathon...

2013-04-16 16:23:36

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Fox News to sever ties with a contributor who tweeted "Let's kill them [Muslims] all" in response to yesterday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings. CONTACT FOX: (As always, be POLITE and respectful.)http://tinyurl.com/CONTACTFoxNews CAIR, which issued a call for prayers and blood donations for the victims,...

2013-04-15 20:22:06

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, this evening condemned the bomb attacks earlier today on the Boston Marathon that left at least two people dead and many more injured. CAIR urged all Americans to pray for the victims and their families and asked the Boston-area Muslim community to donate blood for those who were wounded. In a statement, CAIR National...

2013-03-07 20:20:11

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) efforts to obtain clarification as to whether the Obama administration believes armed drones could legally be used to attack Americans on U.S. soil. CAIR also acknowledged Attorney General Eric Holder's written response today to Paul's questioning on drone killings, in which Holder...