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CAIR-GA: Muslim Advocacy Group Announces Outreach Initiative to Georgia's Political Activists, Including Conservatives


The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced the launch of an outreach initiative designed to reduce Islamophobia by educating political activists, particularly conservatives, about mainstream Muslim beliefs and practices.

"During the 2000 presidential election, many American Muslims voted for George W. Bush," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "However, the rise of violent extremism overseas and of Islamophobia here at home led some conservatives to fear and even loathe their neighbors. Georgia Muslims - who love God, family and country as much as any other American - hope to put those fears to rest by addressing them head-on at their source."

CAIR-GA plans to contact both progressive and conservative groups across the state, including Republican Party chapters and Tea Party-affiliated organizations. The Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is offering to meet with each group's members, deliver an educational "Islam 101" presentation and answer questions about hot-button topics such as terrorism.

"Georgia Muslims look forward to meeting, greeting and dialoguing with various political groups, including Republican and Tea Party-affiliated activists," said Mitchell. "We're willing to answer any and all questions about Islam and American Muslims, whether those questions are tame or critical."

Mitchell, who regularly delivers Islam 101 lectures to church groups and mosque visitors on behalf of CAIR-GA and the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, recently sat for a joint WABE interview with a local Tea Party leader in which the two men discussed the "unexpected friendship" that developed after they engaged in interfaith dialogue.

Unexpected Friendship:Tea Party Leader Joins CAIR-GA for Joint NPR Interview Political, social and religious organizations interested in scheduling a visit with CAIR-GA may email or call 404-285-9530.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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