Monday, March 17, 2014

  • CAIR Protests Closures of Muslims' Bank Accounts (MintPress News)

    According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota chapter, America's largestMuslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, the closure of bank accounts belonging to Minnesota Muslims of Somali, Middle Eastern and South Asian origin, largely occurred between 2012 and 2013. ...

    Though it's not known how many denial-of-banking letters have been issued nationwide, according to CAIR's Michigan office, several members of the Islamic community have had their accounts closed by Chase Bank, which is why Abd Alla says CAIR-MN is "collaborating with other CAIR chapters to bring a national complaint against TCF, Chase and other banks who have violated civil rights laws."

  • CAIR-FL: Muslim Groups say ERAU Guest Spews Hatred (News-Journal)

    Professor Jonathan Matusitz of the University of Central Florida maintains that "coexistence with Islam is not possible," citing extremist groups responsible for mass violence, including attacks in Syria and Egypt in recent weeks. In a recent public appearance he said Islam is "a religion of pieces -- piece of body here, piece of body there." He will be discussing his views and fielding questions Thursday night as part of the annual President's Speaker Series, which covers topics ranging from aviation to education. ...

    Embry-Riddle officials have received a wave of emails over the past few days from people who take issue with his stance. Hassan Shibly, Florida executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group, described Matusitz's statements about Muslims as "un-American."

  • CAIR-MN: The Shahzaib Bajwa Story - A Family Gives Thanks (Star Tribune)

    The Duluth Muslim community has been very helpful throughout this time, even though it is a small group of people. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota, was very instrumental in making this happen in a short span of time and has guided me at each step.
  • CAIR-MN: Twin Cities Leaders Win Bush Foundation Grants (Pioneer Press)

    Lori Saroya of Blaine is co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota. She will use the money to pursue a master's in nonprofit management.

  • CAIR-OK Commentary: Mandating the Pledge of Allegiance (Oklahoma Gazette)

    Indeed, a true sign of patriotism is to uphold the tenets of the Pledge of Allegiance in ensuring liberty and justice for all and not merely mandating its recital. Upholding our Constitution is the most patriotic thing that we, as Oklahomans of diverse faiths and ethnicities, could possibly do.

  • CAIR-AZ: Anti-Defamation League Exploits Fear of Muslims
    The ADL's comments sparked pushback from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Arizona.

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