WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today made the following announcements:
* CAIR condemned Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) bizarre claim that refugees who "do hajj to Mecca" cannot assimilate into other cultures like their Christian counterparts. The anti-Muslim remarks were made at a rally for GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
SEE: CAIR Condemns Rep. Steve King's False Claim That Those Who 'Do Hajj to Mecca' Can't Be Assimilated
* The San Antonio chapter of CAIR today called on Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of Rodfei Sholom Synagogue not to host a meeting tonight by the anti-Islam hate group ACT! for America.
ACT! for America leader Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym "Brigitte Gabriel," says an American Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen" and that Islam is the "real enemy." She once told the Australian Jewish News: "Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim." Tudor also claimed that "Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct word. . .it's the vehicle for Islam. . .Islam is the problem."
SEE: CAIR-San Antonio Asks Synagogue Not to Host Anti-Islam Hate Group
* CAIR announced today that it has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a Maryland Muslim worker against Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the nation's largest retailer of automotive replacement parts, accessories, and services.
The lawsuit, which alleges violations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland on behalf of Aamir Hamid Cooper, a 23-year-old African-American Muslim and former Sales Clerk at Advance Auto's retail location in Bowie, Md.
According to the complaint, Advance Auto supervisory personnel subjected Cooper to severe and pervasive harassment, disparate treatment and a series of adverse employment actions because of his race and religion throughout the entire duration of his employment.
SEE: CAIR Files Employment Discrimination Suit Against Advance Auto Parts on Behalf of Md. Muslim
* On December 10, the Maryland Outreach Department of CAIR will partner with the Maryland Governor's Office on Community Initiatives and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights to organize the first statewide Maryland Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders.
The summit will feature experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Maryland State Police, among others.
SEE: CAIR to Partner with Md. Agencies on Statewide Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders
* CAIR is calling on Tennesseans of all faiths and backgrounds to contact their elected representatives in the state legislature and Governor Bill Haslam to oppose an anti-Islam bill that would prohibit schools from teaching "religious doctrine" until high school. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization said the bill is tied to Islamophobic claims about "Islamic indoctrination" in state schools.
CAIR Action Alert: Ask Tennessee Lawmakers, Gov. Haslam to Oppose Anti-Islam Bill
* Tonight, the Minnesota chapter of CAIR will hold a news conference welcoming Columbia Heights School Board Member Grant Nichols' decision to resign.
Following a meeting with CAIR-MN, Muslim community leaders and local elected officials, Nichols expressed his desire to resign from the school board. At that meeting, he apologized for a comment disparaging Muslims posted on his Facebook page. CAIR-MN had previously joined calls for Nichols' resignation.
CAIR-MN Welcomes Columbia Heights School Board Member Grant Nichols Resignation
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.
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)