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CAIR Georgia Attends Swearing-In Ceremony of State Senator Sheikh Rahman, First Muslim Elected To Georgia Legislature

Sheikh Rahman.jpg(ATLANTA, GA - 1/15/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today attended the swearing-in ceremony of State Senator Sheikh Rahman, the first Muslim and first immigrant elected to the Georgia state legislature. Senator Rahman took his oath of office on the Quran, the Islamic holy book, as he stood alongside his wife and children.

Video: Senator Sheikh Rahman's Speech at Swearing-In Ceremony

A diverse audience joined the ceremony in the Georgia State Capitol, which featured interfaith prayers from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist speakers.

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CAIR-Georgia Congratulates Muslim Servicewoman on Winning Navy Promotion, Hijab Approval

PettyOfficerWilson.jpeg(ATLANTA, GA - 12/11/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today congratulated Genevra M. Wilson—an American Muslim woman who serves in the United States Navy Reserves—for her elevation to the post of Chief Petty Officer, and for winning approval to continue wearing a hijab with her new uniform.

On July 27th, 2018, CAIR-Georgia sent a letter to the Navy seeking approval for Chief Petty Officer Wilson's religious accommodation request. Wilson continued to wear her hijab while waiting for official approval, which she finally received last month. 

SEE: CAIR-Georgia Letter to United States Navy

Chief Petty Officer Wilson appears to be the first Muslim woman in the history of the United States Navy to serve at that rank while wearing a hijab.

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"We congratulate Chief Petty Officer Genevra M. Wilson on this historic elevation to her current post, and we thank the U.S. Navy Reserves for approving her request to wear a hijab with her new uniform. By successfully standing up for her rights, Chief Wilson serves as an inspiration to people of all faiths. Chief Wilson also serves as a living reminder that American Muslims play an integral role in every aspect of our nation. We pray that God guides Chief Wilson to continue standing up for her legal rights, and upholding her values, during her career with the United States Navy Reserves." 

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Video: CAIR-Georgia Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Two Men Who Harassed Muslim Family on Georgia Highway

(ATLANTA, GA, 11/27/2018) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on law enforcement to locate and arrest a driver who used his pickup truck to harass and endanger a Muslim family while they traveled on Highway I-85 in Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 24th. 

During the incident, an unidentified white male riding in the passenger seat of the pickup truck made obscene gestures at a Muslim woman who was wearing a hijab as she rode in a separate car with her family. The pickup truck later swerved into the family's lane, and the passenger again made the same obscene gestures.

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CAIR Georgia Congratulates Georgia Muslim Candidates After Historic Midterm Campaign

Screen shot 2018-11-11 at 9.19.19 AM.png(ATLANTA, GA - 11/7/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today congratulated two Georgia Muslims for making history during the midterm election on Nov. 6, 2018.

Incoming state senator Sheikh Rahman became the first immigrant and first Muslim elected to the Georgia state legislature, while activist and community leader Aisha Yaqoob launched an unsuccessful but historic campaign for the state house.

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

"Congratulations to incoming state senator Sheikh, who officially became the first immigrant and first Muslim elected to the Georgia legislature.

"We also congratulate our friend, Aisha Yaqoob, a community leader who ran an inspiring and historic race for the Georgia state House.

"Although she did not win this election, we hope and expect her to make more history soon, God willing. May God grant both Mr. Rahman and Ms. Yaqoob success as advocates for justice."

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CAIR Georgia Calls on Brian Kemp To Apologize, Disavow Support from Anti-Muslim Extremist

Kemp.jpg(ATLANTA, GA, 10/26/18) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on the state’s Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp to disavow anti-Muslim bigotry, meet with Georgia Muslim leaders and to apologize for taking a photograph with a notorious anti-Muslim extremist who has previously called for violence against Muslims and African-Americans.

In an undated photograph taken during a campaign event, Secretary Kemp can be seen flashing a thumbs-up and smiling as he embraces James Stachowiak, who was wearing a T-shirt that read "Allah is not God, and Muhammad is not His Prophet."

[NOTE:  "Allah" is the Arabic word for God, and Muslims consider Prophet Muhammad to be the last in a line of prophets that also included Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, among others (may peace and peace of prayers be upon them].

Stachowiak has previously called for Muslims to be killed, threatened to shoot Black Lives Matter activists, as well as "women and children" who "loot" during protests against police brutality, and trespassed upon a Georgia mosque to destroy a copy of the Quran while armed with a weapon. 

He also held an armed protest against Islam outside the Georgia State Capitol in 2016, leading local law enforcement to issue a warning to Capitol staff.

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