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MARCH 6, 2003
12:46 PM
CONTACT:  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Aziz Junejo, 206-937-8687;
Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407 or;
Imam Mohammad Joban, 360-791-0796, or;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726 or;
Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787, 703-861-7294 or

Wash. Muslim Leader to Speak Following House Prayer;
Second Prayer Follows Apology From Republican Lawmaker Over Walkout
SEATTLE - March 6 - News Advisory:

WHAT: On Friday, March 7, the Seattle office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle), along with other civil rights and religious groups, will hold a news conference following a second prayer by a Muslim leader opening a session of THE Washington State House of Representatives. The Muslim prayer follows one offered earlier this week during which two Republican lawmakers left the House floor in protest.

One of those who left the floor, Rep. Lois McMahan, said she refused to listen to the Muslim prayer because it was "an issue of patriotism." CAIR's national headquarters issued a statement calling on Republican leaders to repudiate the walkout.


McMahan later apologized for her remarks and said she would accept an invitation to visit a local Islamic center.

Other groups scheduled to speak include Northgate Mosque, Islamic Center of Kent, Islamic Center of Bellevue, Islamic Center of Olympia, Arab American Community Coalition, and Al-Islam Center of Seattle.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.

WHEN: Friday, March 7, 10:15 a.m. (Pacific)

WHERE: The Sun Dial, located between the temporary headquarters of the State House and Senate, 310 16th Avenue SW, Olympia, Washington

CONTACT: Aziz Junejo, 206-937-8687; Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407, E-MAIL:; Imam Mohammad Joban, 360-791-0796, E-MAIL:; CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL:; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, E-MAIL:

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist's window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.



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