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Travel ban drawing fire despite the tweaks

by Michael Matza Philadelpha Inquirer President Trump’s executive order “do-over,” derided by critics as “Muslim Ban 2.0,” is drawing fire despite the tweaks. “Muslims still feel harassed, ridiculed, and persecuted in their traveling,” said Jacob Bender, director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “Just recently, Muhammad Ali’s [Philadelphia-born] son was detained”… Read more…

Local Lawyers Scrutinize Trump’s New Travel Ban

by Pat Loeb KYW Radio Ryan Houldin of the Council on American-Islamic Relations finds it ironic that the new order comes on the anniversary of the reviled Dred Scott decision that denied citizenship to African-Americans. “It’s very unfortunate that 160 years later we haven’t really learned any lessons, and we’re just targeting another group of… Read more…

Muslim leaders express solidarity with Philly Jewish cemetery after headstones are vandalized

by Sam Newhouse Metro.us The 100 headstones toppled over at Mount Carmel’s cemetery in Frankford happened sometime on Saturday night. It came a day before dozens of Jewish centers along the East Coast received bomb threats, including 11 in Pennsylvania. Local leaders of all faiths have deplored the Mount Carmel incident, with some openly connecting… Read more…

Cancelled speaker at Friends Central the latest in a spate of on-campus free speech controversies

by Dana DiFilippo Newsworks There are few festering political debates as polarizing as the Israel-Palestinian conflict. That’s probably why speakers from Breitbart editor Milo Yiannapoulos to activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to scholar Norman Finkelstein repeatedly draw protests when they are invited to speak somewhere. In fact, FIRE found that nearly a quarter of all speaker… Read more…

CAIR Interviewed on “Another Thing with Larry Mendte” (video)

Jacob Bender, our Executive Director, and Ryan Houldin, our Staff Attorney, were interviewed on CH 2/PMCM-TV in a segment about hate crimes. (Video)

Kenney advocates for unity at Muslim prayer service

by Maya Earls Philadelphia Tribune Mayor Jim Kenney joined a midday prayer service, Jummah, at the Muslim American Society Mosque in North Philadelphia on Friday morning. Speaking before the prayer, Kenney and other local officials praised the mosque for its volunteer work and promised to defend the congregants against Islamophobia. … Executive Director of the… Read more…

A show of support for Philly Muslims

by Dana DiFilippo NewsWorks The mayor — a longtime defender of the Muslim community — pointed at more than 100 Muslims who gathered for afternoon prayers and told them: “You are America. Hopefully, a generation from now this will be a bad memory… I am telling you: We will get through this.” City Councilwoman Maria… Read more…

Jacob Bender on WURD – CAIR’s Response to Executive Orders (audio)

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Muslim Advocacy Group Says Trump’s Immigration Stance Will Make U.S. ‘More Of A Target’ (video)

“Targeting refugees, building walls, banning visas for immigrants from certain countries, will do nothing to keep us safer,” said Ryan Houldin [CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney]. “It will only make us more of a target because we are going to be playing into the narrative of extremists and terrorists who want to create a divide between different faiths and cultures.”

Thousands protest Trump as Philly braces for impact of new policies

by Sam Newhouse Philadelphia METRO As the protesters chanted, Philadelphia City Council was busy at their first session of 2017. They unanimously passed a resolution introduced by council members Helen Gym and Curtis Jones Jr. to uphold the city’s “support for and protection of Muslim communities.” “The widespread ignorance about Muslims in this country at… Read more…