CAIR on Cairo and Stop-and-Frisk

For some reason, I found myself wondering today what CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the major Muslim advocacy group in the U.S., may have been saying about how the U.S. should respond to the situation in Egypt.

(Quick tangent: I’m unsure how to interpret the organization’s name. Is “American-Islamic” pointing to a hyphenated American identity, i.e., we’re Muslims and we’re Americans? Or are “America” and “Islam” being referred to as two separate entities whose relationship CAIR is trying to broker?)

Here’s CAIR’s press release about the Egyptian military’s attacks on protesters. The gist–which in some cases is the subtext–is this: The military should lift its state of emergency, CAIR deplores attacks on Egyptian Christians, and Obama should admit this was a coup and cut off military aid.

In the process of locating that statement, I was intrigued to discover as well this press release in response to the ruling against stop-and-frisk in New York City. That press release includes a “call for increased oversight and investigations of the NYPD’s continued surveillance of American Muslim communities, houses of worship, and student clubs across the mid-Atlantic region. This unconstitutional spying program has interfered with lawful religious practice, cost taxpayers too much, and strained relations between the NYPD and one of the many diverse communities it is meant to serve.”

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