(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/1/2016) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a Dakota County District Court judge's decision forcing Castle Rock Township to issue a conditional use permit for an Islamic cemetery.
Judge David L. Knutson yesterday granted a summary judgement motion to the Al Maghfirah Cemetery Association in which he ruled that the township's decision to deny the conditional use permit (CUP) was "arbitrary and capricious" because the township did not provide any written findings of fact to support its decision.
[NOTE: In October of last year, CAIR-MN asked federal authorities to determine whether the denial of land usage for the Islamic cemetery was discriminatory on the basis of religion and questioned whether the denial constitutes a violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).]
SEE: CAIR-MN, Community Leaders to Asks DOJ to Probe Bias in Rejection of Islamic Cemetery
"We hoped that a simple request for a proposed Islamic cemetery in Minnesota would not need a court order, however we welcome the court's decision to grant the conditional use permit," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein stated. "This ruling sends a strong signal to those who would discriminate on the basis of religious identity."
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) On Saturday, December 5, a representative of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will accompany a teenage Muslim boxer when she attempts to compete in a Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., while wearing modest Islamic attire, including a head scarf, or hijab.
In September, CAIR welcomed a decision by USA Boxing to request a waiver to an international association's policy preventing of 15-year-old Amaiya Zafar of Oakdale, Minn., from taking part in competition while wearing hijab. To date, neither CAIR nor the teen's family have been informed of any action being taken on that request.
Video: CAIR-MN Helps Muslim Teen Boxer Seeking to Compete Wearing Hijab
CAIR-MN Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Arson, Vandalism at North Dakota Muslim Restaurant (MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 12/9/2015) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the FBI to investigate arson and vandalism of the Juba Coffee House, a popular Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, N.D., as a hate crime.
The Grand Forks Fire Department responded to the fire early on December 8. Later in the day, The department said in a news release that the fire was "incendiary and suspicious in nature."
The Grand Forks Police Department also is investigating apparent vandalism that occurred overnight Thursday, when someone painted graffiti on the exterior wall of the building. The graffiti included what appears to be an SS in the style of a symbol for Nazi Germany's secret police above the painted words "go home."
SEE: Fire at Grand Forks Somali restaurant intentionally set, investigators sayhttp://www.inforum.com/news/3898814-fire-grand-forks-somali-restaurant-intentionally-set-investigators-say