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(ATLANTA, GA - 12/29/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to an anti-Muslim smear against the 23rd annual southeast convention hosted by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS).
In a Dec. 28th letter to the editor published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mr. David Swindle of the hate site Islamist Watch attacked the convention with common Islamophobic claims, comparing its American Muslim organizers to white supremacists, and accusing the organizers of ties to the Taliban, among other false and bigoted claims.
In response, CAIR Georgia submitted the following letter to the AJC:
"I beg President Trump to let my father come back to Georgia so that doctors can treat his cancer," said Mrs. Bana Al-Bitar, a Roswell resident and daughter of Mr. Mohammed Al-Bitar. "This has nothing to do with politics or security. This is about family."
(ATLANTA, GA - 12/5/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to the Supreme Court's reinstatement of the Muslim Ban by issuing a travel alert to Georgia residents, including Georgia Muslims, local businesses, and schools that may have connections to residents of the targeted Muslim-majority nations.
"Because anti-Muslim bigotry motivated President Trump's travel ban, no part of the ban should take effect for any length of time," said attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
Mitchell said, "Although we hope the Supreme Court will ultimately overturn this unjust and unconstitutional policy, President Trump is now able to ban travelers from the targeted Muslims countries, even if they have family, job offers, or educational opportunities in the United States."
As a precaution, CAIR Georgia warned citizens of the targeted countries who are present in Georgia as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas.
(COVINGTON, GA - 11/16/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a lecture about civil rights and Islamophobia at Oxford College in Newton County, where controversy erupted last year over local opposition to a planned Islamic cemetery.
During the lecture to students and local community members, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell offered a behind-the-scenes look at what happened during the Newton County mosque stand-off. Mitchell and members of the audience also engaged in a broader discussion about civil rights, Islamophobia, and how interfaith dialogue and negotiation can be used to resolve such conflicts.
"We thank the people of Newton County for inviting us back to this diverse, welcoming and vibrant community," Mitchell said. "Last year, the controversy over the Islamic cemetery came to a swift end not simply because of activisim by civil rights groups, but because--thank God--local politicians, clergy, and citizens stood up against bigotry, and in support of religious freedom. Looking back, all Americans can learn something positive from what happened in Newton County."