Dawud Walid http://michiganradio.org en How Muslim voters can influence the November elections http://michiganradio.org/post/how-muslim-voters-can-influence-november-elections <p>In the lead up to the November elections we’re hearing a lot about different voting blocs.</p><p>Well, the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has released a detailed <a href="http://www.cairmichigan.org/blog/cair_michigan_2012_political_scorecard.html">presidential election summary and legislative scorecard</a> focused on issues of concern for Muslims here in Michigan.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:56:31 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 9436 at http://michiganradio.org How Muslim voters can influence the November elections Lawmaker sues city, school officials alleging free speech violations http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmaker-sues-city-school-officials-alleging-free-speech-violations <p><a href="http://www.thomasmore.org/news/irony-police-shut-down-event-promoting-us-constitution-tmlc-files-lawsuit-against-council-ameri">State Representative Dave Agema (R-Grandville)&nbsp;is suing officials</a> with the City of Allegan, Allegan Public Schools, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and People for the American Way&nbsp;for&nbsp;allegedly violating his rights to free speech and assembly.</p><p>The case stems from an event scheduled at Allegan High School&nbsp;in late January 2012. The evening&#39;s guest&nbsp;was billed as a former Muslim terrorist who converted to Christianity.</p><p>Police shut the event down; citing safety concerns. But Agema says there were no safety threats.</p><p>A city attorney declined to comment for the story. But said this in a written statement:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;This lawsuit is disappointing in many&nbsp;ways.&nbsp; It is based on conjecture, logical fallacies, and, more&nbsp;disappointingly, factual inaccuracies.&nbsp; The&nbsp;plaintiffs did not even spell one of the defendants&rsquo; names correctly.&nbsp; It is disappointing that the lawsuit wrongly imputes motives to the&nbsp;police officers.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.thomasmore.org/sites/default/files/files/City%20of%20Allegan%20Complaint%20-%20Filed%20043012(1).pdf">The lawsuit names</a> the city manager, police chief and other officers in their official capacities and as individuals.&nbsp; Wed, 02 May 2012 01:08:38 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7272 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmaker sues city, school officials alleging free speech violations As 9/11 anniversary approaches, Muslims prepare for questions http://michiganradio.org/post/911-anniversary-approaches-muslims-prepare-questions <p>Many American Muslims are concerned that the upcoming 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the September 11<sup>th</sup> attacks will prompt renewed attacks on their faith.</p><p>The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) tried to counter that, with a workshop about &ldquo;Presenting Islam to Fellow Americans.&rdquo;</p><p>Presenters suggested Muslims speak from personal experience, and emphasize commonalities between Islam and other religious traditions.</p><p>They also addressed how Muslims should react to concerns about Sharia law.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:20:41 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3954 at http://michiganradio.org As 9/11 anniversary approaches, Muslims prepare for questions