CAIR-OK to Comment After Anti-Muslim Training in Legislature

OK-House-chamber(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 10/31/13) – On Friday, November 1, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold an impromptu news conference following a law enforcement training seminar by several notorious Islamophobes in the Oklahoma House of Representatives chamber.

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WHAT: CAIR-OK to React to Anti-Muslim Training in Legislature
WHEN: Friday, November 1, The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. CAIR-OK will hold an impromptu news conference following the seminar.
WHERE: Oklahoma House of Representatives (Call contacts below for exact location.)
CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, [email protected]; CAIR Oklahoma Development Coordinator Thomaira Babbit, 405-415-6851, [email protected]

CAIR-OK previously called on the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) to drop the anti-Muslim extremists who are scheduled to train law enforcement officers during a seminar called “Iran, Hezbollah and the Drug Cartels: Counterterrorism Considerations.”

Speakers include notorious Islamophobe Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who asserts that "[Islam] should not be protected under the First Amendment," that there should be "no mosques in America" and that there can be no interfaith dialogue or cooperation between Muslims and Christians. In 2003, President Bush rebuked Boykin for his anti-Muslim stance.

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Another speaker at the seminar is Frank Gaffney, who is named in a recent CAIR Islamophobia report as a member of the “inner core” of those promoting anti-Muslim bigotry. CAIR’s report, “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States,” notes that Gaffney has been called “one of the country’s leading anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists.”

CAIR Oklahoma is a chapter of 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, [email protected]; CAIR Oklahoma Development Coordinator Thomaira Babbit, 405-415-6851, [email protected]