Tag Archives: CAIR-Chicago

The Obamacare Coercion: Corporations and their Religious Freedom

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By Nick Burandt nickburandt_monitor

The Green family, owners and creators of Hobby Lobby Inc., believe that religious freedom extends beyond the individual and includes private corporations. On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, contraception mandate. Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is a case set to decide whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)—the policy which provides that the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest—allows a private corporation to deny its employees’ health coverage based on religious beliefs.

New Civil Rights Education Data Shows the Bigger Picture

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By Alishba Malik

The new data from the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection (released on March 21, 2014) gives prominence to a troubling pattern of zero-tolerance school disciplines policies that unevenly impacts minority students also leading down to preschoolers.

Only Four Mosques for Moscow’s 2 Million Muslim Residents

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By Alishba Malik

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin recently said he did not want any more mosques being built in his city, claiming it would attract more Muslims. Such open displays of Islamophobia have been echoed elsewhere in Russia and show a deep rooted problem in the city of Moscow, which currently has a Muslim population of two million residents.

A Step Forward: Religious Accommodation in the Military

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By Alishba Malik

For many Americans, religion plays a big role in their daily lives. Imagine having to live in a society where no one respects or acknowledges your religion.

February: A Month to Focus on the Hunger Strikes at Guantanamo

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February 2014 marks the anniversary of the massive campaign of hunger strikes by Guantanamo Bay Detention Center detainees. People in Chicago will be holding several events in solidarity.

Incarcerated Youth: the disturbing effects of prolonged solitary confinement

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By Ammad Wajahat

Fyodor Doestovsky, an internationally renowned novelist and philosopher from the 19th century, infamously asserted, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” This quote urges us to reconsider how we handle ‘outcasts’ and ‘deviants’ in a supposedly enlightened era by evaluating our prison system with special consideration to the treatment of our incarcerated youth and the practice of solitary confinement.

Muslim leaders push for comprehensive immigration reform

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By Rhys Leahy

On Thursday May 30th, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosted a press conference in their office on State Street, with leaders of Muslim communities in the Chicago metropolitan area, in an attempt to garner support for immigration reform.

After revising a security fault in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, found after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on May 9th with a bipartisan majority of 13 to 5 to move the bill to the senate floor. The bill – should it be passed into law – would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. The senate vote is scheduled for June.

Greeting card turns children’s “Muslim” doll into “Terrorist” doll

By Ahmed Rehab

We missed the humor:  CAIR-Chicago spotted this troubling greeting card (pictured below) in a local store.

The card features a photo of a Muslim doll with a Hijab (headscarf) that many Muslim women wear out of religious observance. The The talking bubbles placed on top of the doll’s photo read, “The Talking Doll, Pull string for message, if you dare,” and “She’ll Love You To Death! She’ll Blow Your Brains Out!” The inside of the card reads “Hope your birthday is a BLOW OUT!”

The card is produced by NobleWorks Inc. with credit for its design given to “Ron Kanfi” according to the company’s website, www.nobleworkcards.com. The motto of the company printed under their logo on the back of the card is “modern cards for modern people.”

Notice that nothing identifies this doll as a terrorist in the minds of the card designers other than that she wears a Hijab. Moreover, she – like many Muslim girl who choose to wear the Hijab – is a smiling, non-threatening normal-looking female wearing a pink Hijab and a flower-patterned dress. The unmistakable message behind the “humor” is that even the most peaceful looking Muslims are synonymous and exchangeable with terrorists.

Pamela Geller’s self-defeating quest to “defeat” jihad

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By Matthew Barry

I recently joined the rarefied heights achieved by The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Butterball Turkey in being recognized by Pamela Geller as an imminent threat to the survival of Western Civilization, thanks to my recent piece in the Monitor about the #MyJihad campaign. Rather than sitting back and basking in my honor, I would like take this opportunity to respond and correct some of the most egregious insults that the truth suffered in it.

The Not So Innocent

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By Brittany Moore

There is no doubt that the short film entitled “The Innocence of Muslims” left a bitter taste in the mouths of Muslims, American Muslims, and every other reasonable person worldwide. There are still many debates as to who was behind it and what its direct purpose was, but the gauche representation and false depictions succeeded to outrage, confuse, and humiliate across the board.