Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Free Speech Includes Responsibility to Be Civil (Free Press)
  • CAIR-MI: How Muslim Voters Can Influence the November Elections
    CAIR to Unveil D.C. Anti-Muslim 'Savage' Ad Counter Campaign
    Campaign designed to raise level of public discourse on Islam, Muslims
    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/11/12) -- On Friday, October 12, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters to unveil an advertising campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim "savage" advertisements sponsored by a designated hate group now on display in Washington, D.C., metro stations.
    WHAT: CAIR to Unveil Anti-Muslim 'Savage' Ad Counter Campaign
    WHEN: Friday, October 12, 10:30 a.m.
    WHERE: CAIR's Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.
    CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com
    "Hate speech must be challenged wherever it appears, not with censorship but with more civil speech promoting mutual understanding," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Left unchallenged, hate of any kind harms our nation and can lead to bias crimes."
    Awad recently took part in a multifaith rally in support of an Ohio mosque targeted by an armed arsonist.
    Today, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire at a Pennsylvania business owned by an Iranian-American. The building had allegedly been spray-painted with "Iran" and "terrorist."
    Pamela Geller, the sponsor of the hate ads, was recently the subject of a CAIR "Islamophobe profile" documenting the individuals and organizations involved in spreading anti-Muslim bias in the United States.
    CAIR's profile of Geller states in part:
    "Geller's organization Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which also named Geller as a member of the 'anti-Muslim inner circle.'"
    Earlier this week, a broad-based coalition of 127 organizations -- led by CAIR, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Jewish Voice for Peace – DC Metro (JVP), and the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP) -- sent a letter to the Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) expressing concern about Geller's advertisements.
    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

    No comments: