Muslims Welcome Pentagon Report on Boykin's Speeches


A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today welcomed a Department of Defense (DoD) report that
says speeches made by a top general who claimed Muslims worship an "idol"
violated Pentagon rules and warrant "corrective action."

Last fall, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) asked that disciplinary action be taken against Lt. Gen. William G.
Boykin, whose views came under scrutiny when media reports revealed that in
a public discussion of his efforts to capture a Muslim Somali warlord, he
said, "I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God
and his was an idol." The Pentagon launched an internal investigation into
the propriety of the general's public speeches.

The final report from the DoD's Office of the Inspector General found that
Boykin's speaking activities violated military regulations because he
failed to clear the content of his speeches, failed to issue required
disclaimers and failed to report a travel payment from a non-government
source. The report recommends that "appropriate corrective action" be taken
by the military.

SEE: "U.S. General Violated Rules with 'Satan' Speeches"

"We welcome the Pentagon's report and urge that any disciplinary action be
commensurate with its findings," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim
Hooper. "General Boykin is free to hold whatever views he wishes, no matter
how stereotypical or inaccurate. But he should not use his position of
respect in our nation's military to promote those views."

Hooper repeated a recommendation made by CAIR last year that Boykin, a top
intelligence officer in the war on terror, be reassigned to a position in
which he will not be able to harm America's image in the Muslim world. He
also said that the findings of the investigation could have mitigated some
damage to America's international image had they been released earlier.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:[email protected]


Connecticut Prison Guard Fired Over Racist Remarks


A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today applauded the firing of a Connecticut prison guard who
assaulted a Muslim colleague and called him a "sand n*gger."

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the
Muslim correctional officer, who is of Middle Eastern heritage, was
repeatedly harassed and assaulted by another guard at the Garner
Correctional Institution in Newtown, Conn. According to the Muslim officer,
his colleague threatened him with a gun, assaulted him in the employee
lunch room and said, "Hey, the sand n*gger is here," in front of other

In a letter to CAIR's Civil Rights Department, an investigator for the
State of Connecticut Department of Correction stated: "The Security
Division determined that [the offending officer] assaulted [the Muslim
officer] and made inappropriate comments towards him. The Affirmative
Action Unit also determined that [the offending officer] made inappropriate
racial comments towards [the Muslim officer.] As a result of these
findings, [the offending officer] has been dismissed from state service."

"We hope the decisive response to these disturbing incidents will send a
clear message that the state of Connecticut does not tolerate bigoted or
violent actions on the part of its employees," said CAIR Civil Rights
Coordinator Farha Mowlana.

Mowlana said CAIR publishes two booklets, "A Correctional Institution's
Guide to Islamic Religious Practices" and "An Employer's Guide to Islamic
Religious Practices," designed to prevent just such incidents. The booklets
may be obtained for $3 each by e-mailing: [email protected] (Include name,
address and phone number.)

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: [email protected]


CAIR-San Antonio Holds Voter Registration Drive


The San Antonio, Texas, office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SA) will hold voter registration drives
on the following dates:

* Friday, August 20th at the Islamic Center of San Antonio, from 12:30 to
3:30 p.m.
* Friday, August 27th at the Carver Public Library, for Masjid Bilal, from
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
* Saturday, August 29th at the Code Public Library, for Islamic Education
Center, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

More than 600 Muslim voters have already been registered.

Any organizations that would like to assist in the voter registration drive
should call CAIR-SV at 210-378-9528.