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CAIR-NJ Joins Call for Resignation of Board of Education Member Over Islamophobic Remark

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/28/17) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah in calling for the resignation Board of Education Member Emma Anderson because of an Islamophobic remark she made at a public meeting of that board.

While Mayor Khairullah had the floor in a Prospect Park Board of Education meeting on June 27, 2017, and was expressing his position on an issue, Anderson interrupted with the statement, "This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session."

Video: 'This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb5elvmoZ9o

“Anyone who is capable of using such divisive terms against me is capable of using similarly hostile terms against others in the community,” said Mayor Khairullah, “Therefore, I am calling for the immediate resignation of Board Member Emma Anderson and ask that the County Superintendent of Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education investigate the matter fully and take appropriate action based on the results of that investigation.”

“Bigoted statements like those made by Ms. Anderson are extremely offensive and demonstrate a level of intolerance that should disqualify her from serving on any organization overseeing the education of children,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We applaud Prospect Park Mayor Khairullah for his courage and leadership in taking a stand against bigotry.”

Sues noted that the hot-button term “sharia law” is increasingly being used by Islamophobes and their white supremacist and anti-government allies to target the American Muslim community.

SEE: CAIR Calls Nationwide Anti-Islam Rallies a ‘Bust,’ Says Counter-Protests Far Overshadowed Hate Marches

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14406-cair-calls-nationwide-anti-islam-rallies-a-bust-says-counter-protests-far-overshadowed-hate-marches.html 

CAIR has reported a significant spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-cair-report-shows-more-than-50-percent-spike-in-anti-muslim-incidents-300454362.html   

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

http://islamophobia.org/158-key-issues-in-islamophobia/204-anti-muslim-bias-incidents-2017-quarter-one-update.html

The organization recently launched an app to share critical 'know your rights' information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. It is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

SEE: Victim of a hate crime? Now there's an app for that. (CNN)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/06/24/us/cair-hate-crime-app/index.html

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app    

CAIR also 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Settlements in Mosque Zoning Discrimination Case

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 5/30/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the settlement of two pending lawsuits that will allow the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) to move forward with plans to build a mosque.

Late last year, the mosque’s application had been voted down in a decision that was challenged by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and ISBR on the grounds that ISBR was being treated unfairly under the Federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

After 39 public hearings in a process that lasted nearly four years the DOJ determined that there was sufficient evidence to sue for discriminatory practices.  The settlement agreement with ISBR requires that the township pay damages of $3.25 million.

SEE: Mosque Will Be Built In Basking Ridge, Town Must Pay $3.25M

https://patch.com/new-jersey/bridgewater/s/g4yg0/mosque-will-be-built-in-basking-ridge-town-must-pay-3-25m 

Islam in America: New Jersey Township That Discriminated Against Muslims Must Pay $3 Million

http://www.newsweek.com/new-jersey-mosque-construction-settlement-discrimination-anti-muslim-millions-617656 

“Several New Jersey Muslim communities have been targeted by local anti-Muslim opponents to new mosque construction who attempted to hide their bigoted intentions behind zoning technicalities,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “In the case of Basking Ridge, these intentions were plain to see once this case went to court. We hope this case sends a message to other communities that freedom of religion is a guaranteed constitutional right, and that the Muslim community is prepared to rigorously defend its rights.”

Other Muslim Communities denied the right to establish houses of worship include the Garden State Islamic Center, and Bayonne Muslims.

SEE: Islamic Group Sues City Over Use of Mosque's Rooms, Offices

https://www.usnews.com/news/new-jersey/articles/2017-02-22/vineland-mosque-files-discrimination-lawsuit-against-city?offset=20 

Bayonne Mosque Denied Zoning Approval, Tensions Flare Among Residents

http://pix11.com/2017/03/07/bayonne-mosque-denied-zoning-approval-tensions-flare-among-residents/ 

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ Decries Zoning Board Ruling Against Bayonne Mosque

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 3/7/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today decried the decision taken yesterday by the Bayonne Zoning Board to deny the establishment of a Muslim community center at 109 East 24th St. as “bias-motivated.”

The 4-3 vote in favor of the center which required 5 votes to pass came at the conclusion of a raucous 5-hour public meeting that included recitations from the Quran that were intended to paint Muslims in a negative light, as well as questions raised regarding the “belief system” of the local Muslim community. 

“As has happened with several New Jersey Muslim communities, local anti-Muslim opponents to new Mosque construction have attempted to hide their bigoted intentions behind zoning technicalities,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “In the case of Bayonne, these intentions were not very well hidden.  The Zoning Board has a moral obligation to rule on the basis of the benefits to the community, and that includes community members of all faiths.”

He noted that the Facebook page maintained by the local opposition to the Mosque included an image of the world Trade Center, a negative quote regarding Islam from Winston Churchill, and featured sign that read “Democracy or Sharia Law”.

See:

https://www.facebook.com/Stop-The-Mosque-In-Bayonne-1663824900556408/

Other Muslim Communities denied the right to establish houses of worship include The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, and the Garden State Islamic Center.

See: Federal Judge Rules New Jersey Town Discriminated in Mosque Case

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/federal-judge-rules-new-jersey-town-discriminated-years-denied-mosque-n702296

See: Islamic Group Sues City Over Use of Mosque's Rooms, Offices

https://www.usnews.com/news/new-jersey/articles/2017-02-22/vineland-mosque-files-discrimination-lawsuit-against-city?offset=20

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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