CAIR to Deliver Oral Argument in Texas Free Speech Anti-BDS Case

(WASHINGTON, DC, 11/4/2022) – On Monday, Nov. 7, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is scheduled to deliver oral arguments in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in A&R Engineering and Testing, Inc. v. Ken Paxton.    Support the Work of CAIR-TX: Donate Today... CAIR’s First Amendment lawsuit is on behalf of the engineering firm, owned by Rasmy Hassouna, who refused to sign an anti-BDS loyalty oath to Israel as part of the company’s contract with the City of Houston. CAIR achieved a major victory on behalf of Rasmy when the…

Dallas Morning News: Man convicted of murder at Muslim-owned tire shop in Dallas faces hate-crime…

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a grand jury indicted Anthony Paz Torres, 37, on one count of hate crime resulting in death and four counts of hate crime involving attempt to kill. He also was indicted on a charge of using a firearm during a violent crime.   Torres does not have an attorney listed in court records. On Christmas Eve 2015, Torres shot multiple people at Omar’s Wheels and Tires, a Muslim-owned business in Pleasant Grove, during an attack that was motivated by his desire to avenge attacks by Islamic extremists in Garland and California, authorities have said.   A…

CAIR-DFW Welcomes Hate Crime Ruling for 2015 Murder of Muslim Man

(DALLAS, TX, 10/19/2022) – The Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today welcomed a federal grand jury’s indictment of Anthony Paz Torres on hate crime charges for the 2015 murder of a Muslim man in Dallas.  A federal grand jury indicted Torres, 37, with federal hate crimes after he allegedly killed a Muslim man and attempted to kill several others in a shooting at a Dallas tire shop in 2015. Torres had reportedly gone to the business a few days earlier, but was told by law enforcement officers to not return. When he returned on Christmas…

Muslim Parents Don't Let Uniform Concerns Prevent Your Kids From Sports - Ask for Religious…

  Community members often reach out to me when their children are bullied or if the educational material taught in school misrepresents Islam, Muslims, Arabs, or promotes general biases. Over the last year, since Covid restrictions have diminished, parents have contacted me stating that they do not allow their children to play sports or take them out of sports because the team uniform does not comply with their religious beliefs. At first, I found this notion difficult as playing sports is a part of a healthy lifestyle, and it both sharpens the body and the mind. Plus, playing with others…

CAIR-Austin Holds 1st Austin Muslim Culture Fest! - KXAN T.V. News

  (AUSTIN, TX, 9/22/2022) — On Saturday, October 1st, the Austin chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will host Austin’s first Muslim cultural art and food festival. This festival aims to celebrate the rich diversity of the Austin Muslim community through art, food, educational programs in English and Spanish, and cultural performances. WHAT: Austin Muslims Cultural Art & Food Festival WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1st, 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. WHERE: The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) located in Waller Beach at Town Lake…

Celebration of Austin’s first Muslim Culture Festival

Harsha Ketavarapu, Life & Arts ReporterOctober 4, 2022 A canvas adorned with faint, wispy clouds capture the sight of a sunset. Next to it, another painting proudly displays a stunning city landscape on one of many bazaar stands. Visitors exchange awed glances as they pass various artworks broadcasted at the first Austin Muslim Culture Fest at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations hosted the first Austin Muslim Culture Fest on Saturday to celebrate the city’s vibrant and diverse Muslim community. The festival featured a wide variety of food, art, clothing and jewelry vendors, as…