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Trump and “America First”

By Jacob Bender, Executive Director

This past Tuesday, April 26, Donald Trump won all five Republican primaries held on that day, and emerged as the presumptive candidate of his party for President of the United States.

The following day, basking in his victories, Trump delivered a speech at the Center for the American Interest in Washington DC that was billed as a “major foreign policy address” of the billionaire businessman turned White House candidate. To my ears, the speech seemed more posturing than policy, with few if any specific proposals as to how to approach and solve the myriad of complex and intertwined calamities confronting out country and the people of our planet. However, what I found of particular interest in Trump’s speech was his repeated use of the phrase “America First.” Only someone totally ignorant of the history of the United States—or totally committed to a racist, xenophobic vision of what our country should be—would have included the following sentence in his speech: “America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.” Trump, of course, manifests both ignorance and racism in abundance.

Indeed, Trump’s use of the phrase “America First,” whether consciously or un-knowingly, draws us back to a previous decade of American bigotry when another American religious minority, just like today’s American Muslims, were being targeted as a danger to our country, with their faith being declared essentially “un-American.” Read more…

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Montoursville Area school directors on hot seat

By Mike Reuther
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The Facebook rants of a Montoursville Area school director recently prompted district residents to call for her resignation as well as those who appointed her to the school board.

Now, a Muslim group has joined the chorus of calls asking Karen Wright and five other board members to step down.

Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said Wright’s Facebook remarks that appeared before her appointment to the vacant school board seat earlier this month are not surprising to his group. Read more (paid subscription)…

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CAIR-Philadelphia Calls for Resignations of Anti-Muslim School Board Director, Other Directors Who Voted for Her

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 4/26/16) – The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today called for the resignation of a Montoursville Area School Board Member Karen Wright, along with the resignations of five other board members who voted for her appointment, despite growing controversy over her Facebook posts indicating she is “officially against Muslims” and suggesting gays would turn children into “zombie fairies.” Wright was elected April 12 and sworn in April 14.

Facebook posts by Wright include such statements as: “I am officially against Muslims,” “I have seen nothing ‘good’ from the Muslim faith,” “we do not want them in America,” and “let’s bring some more of these peace loving morons into America.”

The school board president stated that he refused to read her controversial posts because he didn’t “like their implications.”

SEE: Bigot Who Accuses Gays of Turning Kids Into ‘Zombie Fairies’ Appointed To Penn. School Board
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/bigot-who-accuses-gays-of-turning-kids-into-zombie-fairies-appointed-to-penn-school-board/
 
In a statement, CAIR-Philadelphia said:

“We are staunch supporters of the First Amendment and believe Ms. Wright should be allowed to express her beliefs, however bigoted. But we believe that someone who holds such bigoted views should not be at the helm of an educational system. Those who supported her appointment, despite knowing of her bigoted views, should also consider resigning from their positions of authority over our state’s school children.”

CAIR’S New Jersey chapter recently welcomed the resignation of Elmwood Park Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz after she reportedly posted a series of racist and Islamophobic messages on her personal Facebook account.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Welcomes Resignation of Board of Education Member Who Posted Racist, Anti-Muslim Messages
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13495-cair-nj-welcomes-resignation-of-board-of-education-member-who-posted-racist-anti-muslim-messages.html

CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices  
http://www.cair.com/images/pdf/educators_guide.pdf

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney Ryan Houldin, 267-515-6712, rhouldin@cair.com

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The FBI, Apple, and American Muslims

By Ryan Houldin
CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney

For a large segment of the American population, the possibility of a terror attack on US soil by so-called “Muslim extremists,” is reason enough to suspend the constitutional rights of all Muslims living in this country. The most glaring example was the passage of the Patriot Act just a month after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The law gave government officials carte blanche to invade the privacy of all American citizens in hopes of thwarting potential “terrorists.” What we’ve come to learn from the last fifteen years is that law enforcement officials all too often view all Muslims as either current or potential terrorists, even though the facts tell a different story. Bigoted politicians and a ratings-hungry media have further perpetuated this false stereotype, helping to create an environment in which many Americans view the Muslim minority in this country with deep trepidation.

Recently, the FBI attempted to use this culture of fear to convince Apple to hack into the phone of Syed Farook, one of the two perpetrators in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. When Apple refused, the FBI filed a motion with the court in an effort to force Apple’s compliance. The FBI has since rescinded its motion after gaining access to the phone without Apple’s help. Many people have claimed that the FBI had the ability to access Syed’s phone all along, but wanted to use this case to establish legal precedent for some sort of cyber master key. Read more…

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Over 700 at CAIR-Philadelphia’s 10th Annual Banquet

Dean Obeidallah keynote speech

Last Saturday night, March 12th, over 700 people showed up for CAIR-Philadelphia’s 10th Anniversary Banquet at Springfield Country Club in Springfield PA. A grand time was had by all.

Dean Obeidallah, American Muslim journalist and comedian, kept the crowed in stitches throughout his keynote address, while at the same time reminding the audience of the huge stakes involved in this year’s US presidential election.

Keeping the evening running smoothly for the third year in a row was our wonderful MC, Maryam Elarbi.

CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender produced another stellar multimedia program, this time presided over by 18 narrators from all segments of the Muslim community. The program on the theme of our 10th Anniversary included a beautiful recitation of an Urdu poem by Taqi Kamal and an inspiring spoken-word rap by high school student Muhammad Rashid, in which he proudly proclaimed his identity as a young African American Muslim. Read more…

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