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Houston Chronicle: Anti-government citizen militia groups want to ‘secure the border’ in Texas

From today’s Houston Chronicle website: SAN ANTONIO - A slew of anti-government groups — many of which participated in the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch — are recruiting armed volunteers to travel to the Texas-Mexico border as a citizen militia to participate in “Operation Secure Our Border,” which aims … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 12: A global community of fasting Muslims

What I find most interesting about fasting is that it is a very personal, yet an extremely communal activity. Personal: It’s something you do as an act of worship, on your own time with consideration to yourself. If you don’t fast, no one around you can tell unless you give … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 11: Back on track

1/3 of Ramadan is over.  It’s time to stop and self-evaluate. Have we achieved any of our goals? Have we started? Or started and left off? The lull is understandable; as stated in a previous post, a busy Ramadan is not easy. We start the month with enthusiasm and then … Continue reading

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Broad Coalition Urges ‘Full Public Accounting’ for Government Surveillance of U.S. Muslim Leaders

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/9/2014) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today joined with a broad-based coalition of 45 organizations, led by the ACLU, in insisting that President Obama “provide a full public accounting” of surveillance practices of American Muslim leaders. According to new revelations by … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 10: Being committed

It takes commitment. Ramadan takes commitment. In fact, being Muslim in general takes commitment. But that’s the beauty of it. Think about it: in addition to the month of fasting and the holy pilgrimage, Muslims pray five times a day and they abstain daily from alcohol, drugs, and other “indulgences” … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Act: 50 and going strong

Message from CAIR-TX Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll: July 2, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Baines Johnson.  This landmark civil rights legislation outlawed discrimination based upon race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. The Act was precipitated by years of … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, day 9: The Disney version :)

I believe I have had my fair share of epiphanies this Ramadan and at this time in the month I can’t say which is the most earth shattering. So instead of focusing on ‘the most’ this or ‘the most’ that, I’m going to focus on the epiphany at hand - … Continue reading

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CAIR Condemns ISIS Violence and Rejects Calls to Join Extremists Fighting Abroad

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/7/2014) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned as “un-Islamic and morally repugnant” violence and hostilities perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and repudiated those who encourage Americans to join that and other … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 8: Taraweeh - decadence without the calories

A few of my posts have already mentioned attending Taraweeh in passing without taking the time to appreciate it in full. I am shame-faced because I am an absolute Taraweeh nut. If you do not know what Taraweeh is, the technical definition is that Taraweeh is a post-Isha salat only … Continue reading

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CAIR ‘Relieved’ at Release of Florida Teen Brutally Beaten by Israelis

(TAMPA, FL 7/6/14) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today expressed relief that Florida high school student Tariq Khdeir has been released from custody after he was brutally beaten and detained by Israeli forces. Despite his release, he was placed under house arrest. Khdeir’s beating … Continue reading

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