CAIR Thanks Senators for Hearing on Muslim Civil Rights

Mar 29, 2011, 15:22 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today thanked Sens. Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (R-SC) for holding a hearing this morning titled "Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims" in the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.

SEE: "Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims"

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In a written statement submitted to the subcommittee, CAIR outlined a number of key civil liberties concerns confronting American Muslims.

CAIR identified four core threats to the free exercise of the Islamic faith in America: 1) legal, rhetorical and violent attacks on places of worship, 2) concerns about the use of Muslim-bashers as law enforcement trainers; 3) Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda and other violent extremists; 4) state-level legislation and laws that can move our nation toward state-sanctioned discrimination.

SEE: CAIR's Testimony on Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims

SEE ALSO: CAIR-Chicago's Written Submission to Hearing

"Subcommittee Chairman Durbin demonstrates true leadership in seeking to reinforce the rights of a minority faith," said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor. "The hearing rebuts the violent extremists who claim Islam cannot get fair treatment in America."

Saylor added that the facts produced by this hearing also refute yet another unsubstantiated claim by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who yesterday said the hearing may, "create the illusion that there's a violation of civil rights of Muslims in this country. It's absolutely untrue, and to me it makes no sense."

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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 National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations