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CAIR-Texas Commends Burleson Mayor for Calling Out Hate Speech About Muslim Burial Plots

CAIR-Texas Commends Burleson Mayor for Calling Out Hate Speech About Muslim Burial Plots

(DALLAS FORT-WORTH, TEXAS, 10/12/20) – The Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today commended Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter for calling out “hate speech” on social media after hateful messages surfaced about Muslim burial plots in the city’s cemetery.   

SEE: Burleson mayor calls for end to hate speech surrounding Muslim burial plots in cemetery  

“Mayor Shetter has shown true moral character by calling out online hate speech that dehumanizes American Muslims and goes against American values,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-DFW. “Muslims are productive and valuable members of the community who’ve been buried in the Burleson Memorial Cemetery for years. This level of Islamophobia that targets the deceased and burials reflects ugly hatred and willful ignorance. What kind of vile person or group attacks people who are trying to bury their dead?”  

The Dallas Fort-Worth Muslim community has experienced backlash in the past. When several Islamic Centers purchased land in Farmersville for a cemetery, they also experienced hate speech until the city council approved the purchase in 2018.   


SEE: About-face in Farmersville paves way for Muslim cemetery that has worried some

Muslim burials follow all state guidelines as it relates to burials. In addition, Muslims also wash the body, pray over the deceased in communal prayer, and bury them facing Mecca, the prayer direction of Muslims. This process helps bring comfort to the families of the deceased and gives them closure.   

CAIR Backgrounder: Islamic Funeral Practices

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.  

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, 469-290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Police ID suspect after Sacred Heart of Jesus statue destroyed in St. Patrick Cathedral

Police ID suspect after Sacred Heart of Jesus statue destroyed in St. Patrick Cathedral

1d01ccbb b411 44ef 94fe 1ea384c5c3d2 Statue Vandalized 3El Paso police Wednesday identified the man accused of destroying the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue inside St. Patrick Cathedral.

Isaiah Cantrell, 30, of the 3600 block of Fort Boulevard, was arrested Tuesday in the vandalism.

Cantrell was charged with criminal mischief and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail in Downtown on bonds totaling $20,500. Jail records show he still was being held Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Wednesday released a statement in solidarity with the diocese.

"As American Muslims, we are saddened whenever a house of worship is targeted by hate or violence," Executive Director Faizan Syed said. "Today, we stand in solidarity, the Christian community and with our brothers and sisters in the El Paso Diocese who are going through this tragedy. Our community knows the hurt and pain caused when our houses of worship are vandalized. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.” 

CAIR-DFW Expresses Deep Concerns Over Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts by Dallas Physician

CAIR-DFW Expresses Deep Concerns Over Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts by Dallas Physician

Michael Robles(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/8/2020) – The Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Dallas Fort-Worth (CAIR-DFW) today expressed deep concerns over a slew of Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic social media posts by Dallas area physician, Michael Robles. 

SEE: Online Screen Shots of Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Posts by Dr. Robles & Links

Dr. Robles is a physician who works at American Pathology Partners (AP2) and Alliance Diagnostics. He posts regularly on Jihad Watch, a hate website run by notorious anti-Muslim bigot, Robert Spencer.  

SEE: Southern Poverty Law Center: Robert Spencer is one of America’s most prolific and vociferous anti-Muslim propagandists

His posts include:  

  • “The hard hearted and stiff-necked Jews do not believe in the Holy Trinity. They believe in a different god. Their rejection begins from the beginning they will suffer, see Amos. They are antichrist. They follow the evil one.” 
  • “Islam false god false prophet false Quran false Christ – Islam is the anti-Christ, born from deception and follows Satan. Pure death and lies in Islam.” 
  • “Never trust a Muslim who actively practices and follows the Quran.” 


“These posts from a physician whose work impacts the health and safety of patients are ugly and disturbing,” said Faizan Syed Executive Director of CAIR-DFW. “I would not feel safe for me, my family, or anyone in our community to have a physician who holds such ugly anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views.” 

CAIR-DFW is working to file an official complaint with the Texas Medical Board against Dr. Robles.  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469) 290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 CAIR-DFW Welcomes Termination of Police Officer for Racist Facebook Posts

CAIR-DFW Welcomes Termination of Police Officer for Racist Facebook Posts

(DALLAS/FORT-WORTH, TEXAS, 10/2/20) – The Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed termination of a Fort-Worth Police officer over a racist Facebook post against African-Americans.  

SEE: Fort Worth Officer Terminated After Posting Racist Meme on Facebook  

This is a positive step by law enforcement to build community trust,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-DFW. “People who hold these racist views have no business serving as police officers. We hope that all officers will be held to similar standards.”  

In 2019 CAIR-DFW condemned Islamophobic and racist Facebook posts by officers at the Dallas Police Department. A probe was launched, and four police officers were placed on administrative lead and 20 were put under internal investigations. 170 DPD officers were behind hateful and violent posts on social media.


SEE: CAIR Welcomes Dallas Police Probe of Officers’ Islamophobic, Racist Facebook Posts

Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.        

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s New White Supremacist and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, Slashing of Refugee Admissions

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner    

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.                 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.       

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469)290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAIR-Texas Stands in Solidarity with Diocese of El Paso, Christian Community After Church Vandalism

CAIR-Texas Stands in Solidarity with Diocese of El Paso, Christian Community After Church Vandalism

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(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/16/20) – The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Diocese of El Paso and that state’s Christian community after a church was vandalized and a religious statue damaged. El Paso’s Police Department has a suspect in custody.

SEE: St. Patrick's Cathedral vandalized, statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus destroyed

As American Muslims, we are saddened whenever a house of worship is targeted by hate or violence. Today, we stand in solidarity the Christian community and with our brothers and sisters in the El Paso Diocese who are going through this tragedy,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Dallas Fort-Worth (CAIR-DFW). “Our community knows the hurt and pain caused when our houses of worship are vandalized. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.”  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469)290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAIR-DFW Welcomes Firing of Texas Assistant Attorney General Over Racists Tweets

CAIR-DFW Welcomes Firing of Texas Assistant Attorney General Over Racists Tweets

75429447 150097296354846 7358676264053374976 n(DALLAS, TX, 9/4/2020) – The Dallas/Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today welcomed the firing of Texas Assistant Attorney Nick Moutos over dozens of racists, Islamophobic, anti-Black, and transphobic tweets on social media.

Some of his tweets threatened Black Lives Matter protesters, called Islam a “virus” and trans people as an “abomination.”
SEE: Assistant Texas attorney general loses job after report surfaces racist tweets

“We welcome the firing of Nick Moutos from the Attorney General’s office,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed. “Any public official who espouses hate-filled, racist, and bigoted statements has no business in government and should be removed immediately. This firing is a good step and we hope government agencies will have a zero-tolerance policy for bigotry.”

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: Faizan Syed Executive Director of CAIR-DFW, 469-290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.