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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.

CAIR-NJ Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threat Targeting New Jersey Mosque

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/3/17) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a threatening message sent to a New Jersey mosque as a possible hate crime.

CAIR-NJ reports that Masjid Al-Iman in Jersey City, N.J., received a threatening letter on Tuesday that was postmarked in Sheffield, UK.  The letter stated “You and your filthy kind will be beheaded,” and featured an illustration with the words “MUSLIM SLAYER.”

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This threat is similar to one received by other American mosques.

SEE: Self-proclaimed 'Muslim slayer' threatens mosque in letter

http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/self-proclaimed-muslim-slayer-threatens-mosque-in-letter-1.13200657 

“We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this and all the other cases of threats and violence targeting American mosques with the seriousness they deserve and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Jim Sues. “Many faith communities, including Muslims, are increasingly alarmed by hateful acts committed by those who have been emboldened by the current political climate.”

Earlier this week CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate similar threatening notes sent to mosques in Maryland and Virginia.

Video: CAIR Rep Zainab Chaudry Responds to Threats Targeting Maryland Mosques

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJH4gUox6LI

Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threatening Letter Sent to Virginia Mosque

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtFleyZ2mt4

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8th election.

SEE: CAIR-Kansas Seeks State, Federal Hate Crime Charges for Shooting of ‘Middle Eastern’ Men

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14141-cair-kansas-seeks-state-federal-hate-crime-charges-for-shooting-of-middle-eastern-men.html

A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.

CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Fire Targeting Florida Mosque

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14145-cair-offers-reward-for-info-on-fire-targeting-florida-mosque.html

Four Mosques Have Burned in Seven Weeks — Leaving Many Muslims and Advocates Stunned

https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertsamaha/four-mosques-burn-as-2017-begins

CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html   

       

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 Calls for Stepped-Up Security for Muslim Students at Rutgers Due to Hate Poster

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 2/14/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for increased security for Muslim students after a poster calling for a “Muslim-Free America” was found yesterday taped to the wall of a building on the Rutgers University campus that is used by Muslim students for programs and daily prayers.

The poster has been reported to the Chancellor of the University and the Rutgers University Police are investigating the incident.

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“The hatred and the implicit call for genocide targeting American Muslims exhibited in this poster must not be tolerated,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “All Americans must be able to practice their faith and worship as they choose without fear of harassment or intimidation. The diversity of the student body at Rutgers University has long been a source of pride and inspiration, and the University administration must not allow narrow-minded bigots to tarnish its reputation and intimidate its students.”

He added that an identical poster had also been found on the University of Texas campus.

SEE: Anti-Muslim flier at UT being taken down

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/anti-muslim-flier-being-taken-down/KCiySdbYvHBpBJW3hcWwwL/

Sues said that CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent months, and particularly since the November 8 election.

CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html 

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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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Updated 2/15/17: A statement from Rutgers reads: “The contents of the flyer, which was also posted elsewhere nationwide, violates the values and ideals for which Rutgers stands. We strongly condemn this speech and are appalled that our Muslim community was targeted in this way,”Read More: Anti-Muslim posters found at Rutgers | http://nj1015.com/anti-muslim-posters-found-at-rutgers/?trackback=tsmclip

See Also: Rutgers University increases security after anti-Muslim flier surfaces

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