Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • CAIR-OK Says Mandating the Pledge of Allegiance Contradicts Its Contents
    Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR-Oklahoma, offered the following statement: "We believe that mandating the Pledge of Allegiance contradicts its contents. The liberty discussed in the Pledge of Allegiance includes the right to make that pledge freely rather than by compulsion. We dishonor the Pledge of Allegiance by mandating its recital."

    "The passage of such legislation also has the potential of infringement on First Amendment rights. The pledge of allegiance is truly a sign of patriotism, however upholding our constitution is the best way to express our patriotism."

  • CAIR: Critics Attack Wrong Target for Pentagon Change (Time)
    Those seeking to show Muslims in the best light don't appreciate critics blaming Muslims for the Sikhs' push for changes at the Pentagon. "This is all part of the Islamophobia industry," says Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "For them, any accommodation of Muslims in the military is going to lead to the overthrow of the Constitution and the imposition of sharia law."
  • Conservative Legal Expert: No Need for Anti-Islam Legislation (Washington Post)
    I think many other complaints about incidents of alleged "creeping Sharia" in American law are misguided, partly because the complaints miss the way those incidents simply reflect well-settled (and sound) American law. Indeed, the alternative approach that I offer is, I think, a conservative approach. It urges courts to continue following well-established American legal traditions rather than distorting those traditions either in favor of Islam or against. 
  • Oklahoma GOP Congressman Stand There While Anti-Muslim Tea Partyer Calls for Obama's Death
    The woman explained some bizarre conspiracy theory about the President "shipping" Muslims into our country through pilots and commercial jets." She then exlained that, of course, President Obama needs to be executed as an enemy combattant. All the while, Bridenstine looked on and offered no disagreement, or recognition of the fact that the woman had potentially just committed a crime.
  • National Lawyers Guild to Honor CAIR-SFBA Director
    Zahra Billoo is the Executive Director for the CAIR San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) chapter, where she strives to promote justice and understanding at local and national levels. Since joining CAIR-SFBA in 2009, Zahra has embraced her roles as community organizer and civil rights lawyer. She frequently provides trainings at local mosques and universities as part of CAIR's efforts to empower the community, while building bridges with allies on key civil rights issues. Zahra also represents victims of discrimination and advocates for positive policy changes that uphold civil rights for all. The NLG interviewed Zahra here.

  • Former Editor Alleges Pro-Israel Bias at Rutgers' Student Newspaper (Star-Ledger)
    "I wear a scarf on my head. I believe it was in part because of these things and the polarized political environment at Rutgers that I was placed under a microscope as soon as I took up my position as opinions editor. There is strong evidence to support the claim," Al-Khatahtbeh writes.
  • Circassians: Sochi Olympians 'are skiing on the bones of our ancestors' (CNN)

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