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CAIR-GA Condemns Anti-Muslim Extremists Whose Threats Led Newton County To Cancel Meeting; Moratorium Now Set To Expire on Sep. 21

CAIR Minnesota(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.

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"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."

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CAIR-GA Plans To Co-Host Interfaith 9/11 Memorial Service on 15th Anniversary

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(DECATUR, GA  - 9/8/16) On Sunday, September 11, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) plans to co-host a memorial service in Decatur, Ga., for the victims of 9/11.
CAIR-GA has united with Rev. Dr. James L. Brewer-Calvert, senior pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and representatives of the Catholic, Jewish and Sikh faiths to host "Remember, Reconcile, Relate."
"As Georgians of diverse faith traditions, we feel a special obligation to unite as one and pray for the thousands of men, women and children who lost their lives on 9/11," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.

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Newton Commissioners, CAIR-GA & Mosque Release Joint Statement On Moving Community Forward

CAIR Minnesota(COVINGTON, GA - 9/1/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked a majority of Newton County commissioners for publicly committing to lift a moratorium on houses of worship during their next meeting on Sep. 13th, when the county expects to consider recommended updates to its zoning ordinances. 

 None of those updates will impact projects with prior approval such as the blocked Newton mosque and cemetery.

"As a result of the County's quick and efficient review of our zoning ordinances, I plan to vote in favor of lifting the moratorium at the special called meeting on September 13," District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz said in a joint statement, the full text of which can be read here and below. "Newton County is rich in diversity and hospitality, and we are happy to see residents of all faiths and backgrounds live and worship together in our community."

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CAIR-GA Explains Rights & Needs of Muslim Employees To Atlanta Business Owners at EEOC Conference

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(ATLANTA, GA - 8/26/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today delivered a speech to business owners at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel about the rights and unique needs of American Muslim employees.

"We thank the EEOC for inviting Georgia's Muslim community to educate local employers about common issues that American Muslims face in the workplace," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "From preventing harassment to accomodating prayer, employers have an obligation to guarantee a fair and safe environment for their employees of all faiths."

During the conference hosted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Mitchell also answered questions from the audience about whether and how businesses must accomodate Islamic religious practices.

Common issues usually revolve around the five daily prayers, wearing a hijab, growing a beard, or attending weekly Friday prayer service, all of which would almost always be accomodated by employers, CAIR-GA said.

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Hamzah Islamic Center Hosts CAIR-GA's Islamic Last Will & Testament Workshop

CAIR Minnesota(ATLANTA, GA - 8/26/16) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Hamzah Islamic Center to deliver its Last Will & Testament Workshop.

During the presentation, CAIR-GA discusses the religious and legal importance of maintaining valid wills that satisfy Georgia law, ensure a proper Islamic burial, and require the distribution of inheritance in accordance with religious tradition. Participants then complete simple, four-page fill-in-the-blank will designed to fulfill those goals.


Watch video of the presentation here:

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