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(ATLANTA, GA, 9/21/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced that it has withdrawn its request for a federal investigation into Newton County's moratorium on houses of worship, which the Board of Commissioners allowed to expire today.
"We thank Newton County's elected officials, clergy and residents for uniting in support of religious freedom," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "So long as the county treats all houses of worship fairly and equally going forward, there will be no need for any outside legal intervention."
CAIR-GA, the Georgia NAACP, the ACLU of Georgia, Project South and 30 other organizations had previously called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Newton County for religious discrimination after the moratorium delayed a planned mosque and cemetery.
(DULUTH, GA - 9/18/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) delivered its Know Your Rights (Law Enforcment & Employment) Presentation at Madina Institute USA. During the presentation, CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell discussed the do's and don'ts of interactions with law enforcement, from traffic stops to courtroom visits to FBI interviews to airport travel. Mitchell also discussed the unique needs of American Muslims in the workplace.
Watch video of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwlJzgdUYBo
(DECATUR, GA - 9/11/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) co-hosted an interfaith memorial service Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
(ATLANTA, GA, 9/12/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today condemned anti-Muslim extremists whose harassment and threats of armed protest outside a planned September 13 Newton County Commission meeting led the commissioners to cancel that meeting.
A majority of commissioners had agreed to lift the county's moratorium on houses of worship during the meeting, but the commissioners now plan to allow the moratorium to expire naturally on the 21st.
Video: CAIR-GA, NAACP Seek DOJ Probe of Mosque Moratorium
"We strongly condemn the anti-Muslim extremists who have slandered, harassed and threatened Newton County's commissioners over the past week," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "These extremists do not represent the people of Newton County, who are as warm and welcoming as other Georgians."