WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today launched a satirical public awareness campaign to challenge growing Islamophobia in America.
In its new social media campaign, CAIR is distributing "ISLAMOPHOBIN®," a mock-medicine designed to "cure" Islamophobia and includes a television commercial for the product. (NOTE: ISLAMOPHOBIN is actually sugar-free-chewing gum. Use #ISLAMOPHOBIN. SEE sample tweets below.)
WATCH: Mock ISLAMOPHOBIN TV Commercial
[MEDIA NOTE: At 2:30 EDT Wednesday, May 25, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad will live-stream a discussion of the launch of "ISLAMOPHOBIN" on the organization's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/ Media professionals may send questions for Awad by emailing email@example.com prior to the live-streaming event.]
"We hope humor will help create public awareness about the harm Islamophobia does not only to ordinary American Muslims, but also to the values of equality and religious freedom upon which our nation was founded," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "ISLAMOPHOBIN is funny, but Islamophobia is not."
The ISLAMOPHOBIN package states that the product is "Multi-Symptom Relief for Chronic Islamophobia" and claims the "Maximum Strength Formula" treats:
- Blind Intolerance
- Unthinking Bigotry
- Irrational Fear of Muslims
- U.S. Presidential Election Year Scapegoating
A "warning" states that ISLAMOPHOBIN "may result in peaceful coexistence."
A similar warning on the reverse of the package states: "Those who already believe in religious diversity, tolerance and mutual understanding should not use this product. For those who hold bigoted stereotypes of Muslims and subscribe to Islamophobic conspiracy theories, use of this product may result in feelings of remorse and/or guilt."
"Side effects" of ISLAMOPHOBIN may include "warm feelings toward Muslims, immigrants or refugees and "an allergy to the promotion of anti-Muslim bigotry."
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.
The Washington-based civil rights organization has documented an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide recently, prompted at least in part by anti-Muslim rhetoric employed by public figures like Donald Trump.
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If you believe your rights have been violated, you may call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook
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"Ask your doctor if #ISLAMOPHOBIN is right for you. *There is a 10% chance he or she is Muslim." www.islamophobin.org
What is #ISLAMOPHOBIN? Learn more: Islamophobin.org
Buy and distribute #ISLAMOPHOBIN to help us cure #Islamophobia. Learn more: www.Islamophobin.org
Is #ISLAMOPHOBIN right for you? Learn more: www.Islamophobin.org
Share when #ISLAMOPHOBIN could have helped you. Tag @CAIRNational & they may share your story. www.islamophobin.org
#Islamophobia is a serious problem which we can eradicate if we work together: www.islamophobin.org
Get your #ISLAMOPHOBIN today. #ISLAMOPHOBIN packets comes with 12 chewable tablets (Shh…It's actually chewing gum.) www.Islamophobin.org
Finally! A cure for #Islamophobia. Visit www.Islamophobin.org to learn more.
Fill in the blank. I recommend #ISLAMOPHOBIN to: __________. Who would you give #ISLAMOPHOBIN to? www.islamophobin.org
#ISLAMOPHOBIN is funny. #Islamophobia is not. Learn more: www.Islamophobia.org
ACT! Learn of ways you can counter #Islamophobia with #ISLAMOPHOBIN: www.islamophobin.org
Chew on this. #ISLAMOPHOBIN - A Cure for Islamophobia
Gummin' up Islamophobia - #ISLAMOPHOBIN - www.islamophobin.org
I'm gummin' up Islamophobia - #ISLAMOPHOBIN - www.islamophobin.org
Chewsing to fight Islamophobia - #ISLAMOPHOBIN - www.islamophobin.org
Chewsing to fight Hate - #ISLAMOPHOBIN - www.islamophobin.org
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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)