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  • Commemorating American Independence on July 4th

    July 4, 2012
    Happy 236th Birthday, America. Today, as we set out for a festive day of celebrating our nation’s founding holiday, we must take a moment to reflect on the significance of what it means to be free and on the diverse hands that contributed to the America we see today.

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  • UC Climate Survey Reveals Muslim Students Feel Intimidated

    June 28, 2012
    After conducting its University of California Campus Climate Survey for the past few months, MPAC has learned that 54 percent of students who are involved with a Muslim group on a UC campus have faced intimidation.

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  • Tennessee Ruling against Mosque Construction is a Ruling against Religious Freedom Across America

    June 1, 2012
    Rather than upholding the precious values and laws written in the Constitution, this week, a judge in Tennessee ruled against the building of a mosque in Murfreesboro, TN. The First Amendment unequivocally states that government is prohibited from establishing a national religion or denying Americans their right to exercise (or not) their faith.

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  • Are You a Muslim or Arab Student on a UC Campus?

    April 5, 2012
    In light of recent controversial events and issues affecting Muslim students on University of California campuses, MPAC is conducting a UC campus climate survey. We want to know if Muslim and Arab students feel treated fairly and safe on campus so that we can share our findings with the UC Advisory Council on Campus Climate studying this issue.

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  • MPAC Condemns Killing of Afghans by U.S. Soldiers

    March 11, 2012
    MPAC today condemned the intentional killing of Afghan civilians by a US soldier. The soldier reportedly left the US base in the middle of the night and entered a village, opening fire on civilians who were sleeping. The atrocity ended in the murder of several people, including nine children.

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  • Former Al Jazeera Director Talks 'Mother of all Revolutions' - Syria

    February 22, 2012
    On Feb. 21, MPAC held a private, off-the-record conversation with Wadah Khanfar, president of the Sharq Forum and former director of the Al Jazeera Networks, and a diverse group of Muslim Americans.

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  •  MPAC Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Religious Freedom

    January 20, 2012
    On Jan. 11, 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the church in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), one of the most important religious freedom cases. The Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot tell religious institutions who they can hire and fire, essentially commanding noninterference by the government into faith-based institutions when it comes to matters of employment issues.

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  • Honoring the 1st Anniversary of Tunisian Revolution

    January 18, 2012
    During this historic week, MPAC honors the one-year anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution, which led to dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali stepping down after a 23-year reign, and sparked a regional transformation known as the Arab Spring.

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  • MPAC Welcomes UN Resolution Against Religious Intolerance, Releases Critique of Global Blasphemy Law

    December 23, 2011
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council today expressed its support for the passage of a historic United Nations resolution to combat ideologies of religious hatred through free expression, instead of silencing expression by creating a global blasphemy law. It also announced the release of its new position paper on the issue, entitled "No Compulsion in Religion: A Faith-Based Critique of the 'Defamation of Religions' Concept."

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  • DC Director Recounts Experience Growing Up Afghan American

    October 31, 2011
    Last month, Haris Tarin, Director of MPAC's DC Office, joined a panel on the Aghan American experience at the America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center's Afghan American Oral History Night.

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  • MPAC Submits Amicus Curiae in Support of Hosanna Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church

    October 20, 2011
    MPAC has been following the EEOC v. Hosanna-Tabor case intently as this is a matter of religious freedom, protected by the First Amendment. Moreover, the case holds such monumental significance that MPAC submitted an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” brief, in support of the Church.

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  • A Clarion Call for Religious Freedom from the Mormon Church

    September 30, 2011
    As we approach the 2012 presidential elections, the use of faith in framing issues by candidates will be revealing, startling and in many cases, abrasive. From debates to conversations, it will be interesting to note the line many candidates will walk when discussing religious freedom and the preservation of this right so cherished by our nation’s Founding Fathers. The debate on religion will determine whether we as a society use faith to heal or divide our nation.

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  • ICSC Symposium on Humanitarian Aid to the Arab Spring

    September 14, 2011
    To address the humanitarian action in regards to the Arab Spring, the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC), in cooperation with MPAC and Muslims Establishing Communities in America MECA), is hosting a free International Symposium by the American Red Cross on Saturday, Sept. 17.

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  • Beutel: Civil Liberties Don't Need to Be Sacrificed

    September 13, 2011
    Last week, MPAC’s Government & Policy Analyst, Alejandro Beutel, spoke at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s annual policy conference “10 Years After 9/11.”

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  •  International Scholars Meet with Al-Marayati Through LA Sheriff’s Dept. Program

    July 14, 2011
    Every year, the state of California funds a group of religious scholars and journalists from around the world to tour the state and experience the city’s religious diversity. The scholars, who came from every corner of the world including Nigeria, Cameroon, Cambodia, Hungary, Bangladesh, Tunisia, France and Turkey, were invited to the LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) last week to speak with LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and other law enforcement officials, notably Deputy Sheriff Sherif Morsi, who heads up the LASD Muslim Community Affairs division.

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  • MPAC Asks Councilwoman to Step Down After Failure to Retract Hate Speech

    March 25, 2011
    On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati and Civic Outreach Coordinator Saadia Khan joined about 200 people at a peaceful rally organized by the Villa Park Peace Coalition in Villa Park, CA. Residents and interfaith leaders stood united to promote tolerance and peace and condemn a recent hate speech by Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, where she had called for the killing of Muslims.

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  • Know Your Rights: Balancing National Security with the Constitution

    January 6, 2011
    Recently, we have been contacted by Muslim Americans who have shared their apprehension concerning what they should do in the event they are visited by law enforcement agents at their home or place of work.

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  • On Christmas, A Call For Muslim-Christian Cooperation

    December 23, 2010
    With the holiday season upon us and Christmas just two days away, it's a good time to reflect on Muslim-Christian relations at home and abroad.

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  • Temecula Islamic Center Gains Unanimous Approval by Planning Commission

    December 9, 2010
    MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati, who has worked with the Islamic Center's leadership since the controversy around the mosque proposal sprang up this spring, joined supporters last Wednesday in offering comments during a public testimony before the commission.

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  • MPAC Congratulates Temecula Islamic Center's Win to Proceed with Mosque Expansion Plan

    December 2, 2010
    MPAC today applauded the Temecula Valley Planning Commission, which unanimously approved plans to allow the Islamic Center of Temecula following more than five hours of heated public testimony, and months of hearings, protests and debate.

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