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In Defense of Free Speech

by Ryan Houldin, CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney Last week Robert Spencer spoke at Gettysburg College, at the request of the Young Americans for Freedom, an activist group with conservative views. Robert Spencer espouses extreme anti-Islamic views. According to Southern Poverty Law Center, his work was cited numerous times by the Norwegian terrorist that murdered over… Read more…

U.S. Constitution 3, Trump 0

For the third time in less than 100 days, a court has prevented Trump and his administration from violating the U.S. Constitution. This past week, Judge Orrick, a federal district judge in San Francisco, placed a temporary hold on Trump’s executive order that threatened to defund sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities seek to reduce cooperation between… Read more…

My Thoughts on the Death Penalty

by Ryan Houldin, CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. These five countries execute more of its citizens than any other countries in the world, in that order. It is interesting to note that three of these countries are predominantly Muslim. While the Qur’an does allow state sanctioned killing in… Read more…

Muslim Ban 2.0 Halted: Trump’s Rhetoric Finally Catches Up to Him

By Ryan Houldin, CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney Last evening may have marked the first instance where Donald Trump’s words have come back to haunt him. Prior to last evening, Trump’s myriad offensive comments have had little effect on his ability to gain support among the American people and Republican legislatures across the country. Trump supporters either… Read more…

What You Should Know About Muslim Ban 2.0

Dear Community Members and Friends, Yesterday, Donald Trump signed another Executive Order, aiming to ban Muslims from entering the United States. This order is a scaled-back version of the president’s first Muslim ban that prompted an inspiring wave of solidarity from American civil rights defenders of all backgrounds. Packed town halls, marches, and advocacy from… Read more…

What We Have Been Doing + Travel Advisory

by Ryan Houldin Staff Attorney, CAIR-Philadelphia The past few days have been a nightmare for those of us who believe in the fundamental values of this country: inclusivity, tolerance, and religious freedom. CAIR-Philadelphia, together with CAIR chapters around the country, has been working day and night to defend the American Muslim community against the actions… Read more…

CAIR Presents Diversity and Anti-Bullying Workshops at Philly Schools

CAIR-Philadelphia was recently invited to help educators better understand the faith and circumstances of their Muslim American students. CAIR-Philadelphia Advisory Board member Margarita Miriam Abuawadeh facilitated the program, which was held on Tuesday November 8th, Election Day, in North Philadelphia. While polling lines snaked around outside, CAIR-Philadelphia’s Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Houldin and CAIR-Philadelphia Executive… Read more…

Legal Update: Flying While Muslim

by Ryan Houldin Civil Rights Attorney, CAIR-Philadelphia Our country has a history of condemning large groups of people, especially those groups deemed “un-American,” based on the acts of a few. The events of September 11, 2001, combined with our current political climate, have dramatically changed the experience of “flying while Muslim.” No matter the context, being on… Read more…

American Muslims in the Workplace

by Ryan Houldin CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney All American Muslims in the workforce should be aware that they have the right to request a religious accommodation at their work place. However, that right is far from absolute. Employers are required to engage in a good faith effort to accommodate your request, but that does not mean… Read more…

Recent Legal Victories

Bensalem Masjid Case As many of you already know, CAIR-Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against Bensalem Township for prohibiting the construction of a masjid. On July 21, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) also filed suit against Bensalem Township, echoing our claims of discrimination and injustice. Only under extraordinary circumstances does the DOJ file lawsuits… Read more…