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Council on American-Islamic Relations Launches 'Islamophobia' Division
by Patrick Goodenough
Spurred by the controversies over Quran-burning and the planned Ground Zero mosque, the most visible Islamic advocacy organization in the United States says it is launching a department to deal with "Islamophobia."
In doing so, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is following the example of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the 57-member bloc of Islamic states. The OIC set up an "observatory" five years ago to monitor and report on incidents and trends around the world it regards as amounting to "Islamophobia."
CAIR, which calls itself "America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization," said in a statement Monday that its executive director, Nihad Awad, had announced the move at the group's annual banquet, held in Arlington, Va. on Saturday.
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