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CAIR-FL to Support School Targeted for Teaching About Islam

Protesters ask students to tear chapter about Islam out of textbooks

ORLANDO, Fla, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Later today, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will hold an interfaith news conference outside a Deltona, Fla., school targeted by protesters who object to the teaching of Islam. Protest leaders are asking students to tear a chapter explaining the basic principles of that faith out of their textbooks. The protest is backed by at least one Republican Party official.

Video: CAIR-FL Decries Bigoted Attacks on Teaching of Islam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ygZttTyMow

WHAT: CAIR-FL Interfaith News Conference to Support School Targeted by Anti-Islam Protest
WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Outside the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 North Clara Avenue, DeLand, Florida.
CONTACT: CAIR-Florida's Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321, hshibly@cair.com; CAIR-Florida Communications Director Samantha Bowden, 703-298-7782, sbowden@cair.com; CAIR-South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze, 954-673-9459, nhamze@cair.com

Hundreds of people say they will take part in a protest today at a Volusia County School Board meeting against a textbook they claim contains too much information about Islam and not enough about Christianity and other religions. Media reports say protest organizers want students to go home and tear the section on Islam out of their books.

CAIR-FL: Students Told to Tear Chapter About Islam Out of Textbook (Video) http://tinyurl.com/lyzolye
Fla. GOP Official Backs Banning Textbook Teaching About Islam
http://tinyurl.com/okfk669
SEE: School Board Meeting Information
http://myvolusiaschools.org/school-board/Pages/Meeting-Information.aspx

In a statement, CAIR-FL said in part:

"This group is holding a protest and rally to oppose the teaching of the historical and basic Pillars of Islam to students in Volusia County. [It] is displaying an alarming level of intolerance and brazen disregard of minority religions. . .We find their  actions un-American and against every core principal that makes this country so great."

The Volusia County School District is standing behind the textbook, which has faced protests from Islamophobes statewide.

SEE: Florida Textbook Review Committee Seeks More Negative Portrayal of Islam (Florida Today)
http://tinyurl.com/m7b5ew9

[MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR-St. Louis to Release Islamophobia Report https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/posts/10151781212982695  
On Thursday, November 7, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will hold a news conference in the Iqra Library to release its groundbreaking report, "Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2011-2012." CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, E-Mail fsyed@cair.com]

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 American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-Florida's Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321, hshibly@cair.com; CAIR-Florida Communications Director Samantha Bowden, 703-298-7782, sbowden@cair.com; CAIR-South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze,954-673-9459, nhamze@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)



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