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Fox News: “Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.”
Religion Clause Blog: The Detroit News reported yesterday that CAIR-Michigan has asked the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look into charges that JPMorgan Chase is closing bank accounts of Muslim customers in the metropolitan Detroit area.
BizPacReview: Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for a big fight Monday afternoon in Volusia County over the controversial 10th grade World History book that has been accepted as part of the Common Core State Standards.
WCPO.com: A formal complaint will be filed against global shipping giant DHL after 24 Muslim employees say they were fired from a Northern Kentucky facility for protesting a rule change that undermined their ability to pray at work.
Christians, Other Egyptians Protest Perceived Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Bias of White House, Media, CAIR
Patrick Goodenough at CNSNews: Coptic Christians and other Egyptian-Americans plan a rally in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to highlight what they say is a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias by the Obama administration and “certain American media.”
BizPacReview: A Muslim activist group is trying to treat a University of Central Florida professor’s planned speech on “The Islamic Threat to America” like a threat to Muslims in America. And trying to stamp it out.
Raw Story: A Florida professor who teaches a class on terrorism is facing a formal complaint after he claimed that Muslims are taught to hate “from the cradle.” In a letter to the University of Central Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) calls for the school to review terrorism courses taught by Professor Jonathan Matusitz, which the group says “includes inaccurate information, anti-Muslim bigotry and hostility in the form of hate speech toward Islam and Muslims.”
Kyle Olsen at Townhall: How is the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations bending public school policy to its will? Two stories from Michigan tell the tale. From a CAIR press release . . .
Norman Transcripts: The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and CAIR-Oklahoma, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, recently expressed their appreciation to the Oklahoma Bankers’ Association for clarifying a security measure commonly referred to as “No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses” employed by many of Oklahoma’s banks to better take into account the religious requirements of some customers to cover all or a portion of their heads.
Orlando Sentinel: The Council on American Islamic Relations has announced its strong repudiation of a conviction in absentia from an Egyptian court that sentences a Florida pastor and seven Egyptian Christians to death. The court announced the sentences on Wednesday.
Legal Project (see the embedded CBN video): . . . the forces of Islamism that are working to silence critics of Islam-related topics —both in the United States and in Europe – and how they’ve set their sights on international restrictions through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as well. Director Nunberg also highlighted the Obama Administration’s unfortunate decision to work with the OIC to promote United Nations resolutions that would restrict any “defamation” of Islam.
Sacramento Bee: The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire and hate graffiti targeting a building associated with a Dearborn mosque.
Benjamin Bull at American Thinker: Several days ago, I noted with interest that Danish journalist and historian Lars Hedegaard has been acquitted by a unanimous Dutch Supreme Court of charges that he violated Holland’s notorious “hate speech” laws. His crime? He made a public utterance that state prosecutors concluded was “denigrating” of Islam.
Detroit News: A Muslim rights advocacy group says it’s filing suit against the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for what it says is the mistreatment of Muslims at the U.S.-Canada border. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced . . .
Politico: The American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are separately calling for investigations into White House funding of a domestic spying program launched by the New York Police Department against Muslim-Americans.
OneNewsNow.com: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) teamed up with the liberal veterans group VoteVets.org and with anti-Christian crusader Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to petition West Point to disinvite Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA-Ret.) from the February 8 event.
PR Newswire at sacbee.com: A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling on Virginia’s George Mason University School of Law to disinvite Nonie Darwish, a notorious Islamophobe who has stated that Islam is a “poison to a society” that is “based on lies” and must be “annihilated.”
EuropeNews: Naming his dog Muhammad, and later announcing it during a public meeting, was not meant to be disparaging to Muslims, San Juan Capistrano Councilman Derek Reeve said Tuesday. In offering the first explanation of why he chose the name, Reeve said it was a decision made by his family in an exercise of free speech after teaching his children that in some parts of the world they could be sentenced to death for doing so.
ACLU press release: The American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late Monday, urging the court to uphold a ruling that blocked implementation of a discriminatory and unnecessary Oklahoma state constitutional amendment that prohibits courts from applying – or even considering – what is broadly described as Islamic “Sharia law” and “international law.” . . .
AP: Two Muslim religious leaders say they were removed from a commercial airliner in Memphis on Friday and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.
AP: “Two civil liberties groups have sued the FBI, claiming that one of the agency’s former informants was ordered to target Muslims for surveillance when he infiltrated a California mosque.”
Fox News: “The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it will remove a poster from the group’s website promoting an upcoming conference that encourages people not to talk to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The poster, which appeared on the website of CAIR’s California chapter, features a sinister-looking FBI agent with the headlines ‘Build a Wall of Resistance’ and ‘Don’t Talk to the FBI.’”
ABC Local: “The Cook County Forest Preserve is being sued by a Muslim family who claims religious discrimination because they were denied admission to a swimming facility.”
“Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
PR Newswire: “Later today (October 14), the family of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah and community leaders will hold a news conference in Detroit to offer their response to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division that exonerated FBI agents in the fatal shooting of Imam Abdullah last October.”
Pajamas Media: ” Last month, I reported exclusively at PJM about video showing al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki leading prayers on Capitol Hill for Muslim congressional staffers and officials for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) . . . But a recent New York Post article about how Johnson’s former employer, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), complained to Homeland Security in 2006 about the questioning of another al-Qaeda-linked cleric, Anwar Hajjaj, stated that Hajjaj was then leading prayers for the Muslim staffers on Capitol Hill.”
PR Newswire: “The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called for state and federal hate crime charges to be brought against a man who allegedly used religious slurs while attacking a Muslim mother and her 4-year-old son.”
CNSNews: “In doing so, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is following the example of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the 57-member bloc of Islamic states. The OIC set up an ‘observatory’ five years ago to monitor and report on incidents and trends around the world it regards as amounting to ‘Islamophobia.’”