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Police ID suspect after Sacred Heart of Jesus statue destroyed in St. Patrick Cathedral

Police ID suspect after Sacred Heart of Jesus statue destroyed in St. Patrick Cathedral

1d01ccbb b411 44ef 94fe 1ea384c5c3d2 Statue Vandalized 3El Paso police Wednesday identified the man accused of destroying the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue inside St. Patrick Cathedral.

Isaiah Cantrell, 30, of the 3600 block of Fort Boulevard, was arrested Tuesday in the vandalism.

Cantrell was charged with criminal mischief and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail in Downtown on bonds totaling $20,500. Jail records show he still was being held Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Wednesday released a statement in solidarity with the diocese.

"As American Muslims, we are saddened whenever a house of worship is targeted by hate or violence," Executive Director Faizan Syed said. "Today, we stand in solidarity, the Christian community and with our brothers and sisters in the El Paso Diocese who are going through this tragedy. Our community knows the hurt and pain caused when our houses of worship are vandalized. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.” 

CAIR-DFW Expresses Deep Concerns Over Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts by Dallas Physician

CAIR-DFW Expresses Deep Concerns Over Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts by Dallas Physician

Michael Robles(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/8/2020) – The Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Dallas Fort-Worth (CAIR-DFW) today expressed deep concerns over a slew of Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic social media posts by Dallas area physician, Michael Robles. 

SEE: Online Screen Shots of Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Posts by Dr. Robles & Links

Dr. Robles is a physician who works at American Pathology Partners (AP2) and Alliance Diagnostics. He posts regularly on Jihad Watch, a hate website run by notorious anti-Muslim bigot, Robert Spencer.  

SEE: Southern Poverty Law Center: Robert Spencer is one of America’s most prolific and vociferous anti-Muslim propagandists

His posts include:  

  • “The hard hearted and stiff-necked Jews do not believe in the Holy Trinity. They believe in a different god. Their rejection begins from the beginning they will suffer, see Amos. They are antichrist. They follow the evil one.” 
  • “Islam false god false prophet false Quran false Christ – Islam is the anti-Christ, born from deception and follows Satan. Pure death and lies in Islam.” 
  • “Never trust a Muslim who actively practices and follows the Quran.” 


“These posts from a physician whose work impacts the health and safety of patients are ugly and disturbing,” said Faizan Syed Executive Director of CAIR-DFW. “I would not feel safe for me, my family, or anyone in our community to have a physician who holds such ugly anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views.” 

CAIR-DFW is working to file an official complaint with the Texas Medical Board against Dr. Robles.  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469) 290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Death threat targeting Chinese and Indian IT workers investigated by Irving police

Death threat targeting Chinese and Indian IT workers investigated by Irving police

Reeves is asking anyone who has received such a letter not to open it if possible so as to preserve any forensic evidence, such as fingerprints or DNA, that might be present. Any recipients of similar letters are asked to notify police and to try not to contaminate any existing evidence by opening it, Reeves said.

The letter is headed with a message that says — “Return back to you country,” followed by a profane salutation.

“American citizens in IT industry and other professional fields have lost their jobs to many Indians and Chinese,” the letter says. “We asked you to leave the country without further delay. We will have no choice but to shoot mercilessly at work place, in community, on pool or on playground.”

Police are asking people in other cities, especially if they are members of the demographic mentioned in the letter, to please check their mail to see if they have received a similar communication.

CAIR-Texas Stands in Solidarity with Diocese of El Paso, Christian Community After Church Vandalism

CAIR-Texas Stands in Solidarity with Diocese of El Paso, Christian Community After Church Vandalism

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(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/16/20) – The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Diocese of El Paso and that state’s Christian community after a church was vandalized and a religious statue damaged. El Paso’s Police Department has a suspect in custody.

SEE: St. Patrick's Cathedral vandalized, statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus destroyed

As American Muslims, we are saddened whenever a house of worship is targeted by hate or violence. Today, we stand in solidarity the Christian community and with our brothers and sisters in the El Paso Diocese who are going through this tragedy,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Dallas Fort-Worth (CAIR-DFW). “Our community knows the hurt and pain caused when our houses of worship are vandalized. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.”  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469)290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAIR-DFW Welcomes Firing of Texas Assistant Attorney General Over Racists Tweets

CAIR-DFW Welcomes Firing of Texas Assistant Attorney General Over Racists Tweets

75429447 150097296354846 7358676264053374976 n(DALLAS, TX, 9/4/2020) – The Dallas/Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today welcomed the firing of Texas Assistant Attorney Nick Moutos over dozens of racists, Islamophobic, anti-Black, and transphobic tweets on social media.

Some of his tweets threatened Black Lives Matter protesters, called Islam a “virus” and trans people as an “abomination.”
SEE: Assistant Texas attorney general loses job after report surfaces racist tweets

“We welcome the firing of Nick Moutos from the Attorney General’s office,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed. “Any public official who espouses hate-filled, racist, and bigoted statements has no business in government and should be removed immediately. This firing is a good step and we hope government agencies will have a zero-tolerance policy for bigotry.”

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: Faizan Syed Executive Director of CAIR-DFW, 469-290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-DFW, Coalition Partners Stand in Solidarity in Midst of Hate Letters Targeting Indian-American, Asian-American Families

CAIR-DFW, Coalition Partners Stand in Solidarity in Midst of Hate Letters Targeting Indian-American, Asian-American Families

Speakers: Faizan Syed, Executive Director of CAIR-TX DFW: Shaykh Omar Suleiman: Imam Azhar Subedar of Faith Forward Dallas: Reverend George Mason with Faith Forward Dallas Rabbi Nancy Kasten with Faith Forward Dallas Zulekha Hussain, Muslim Outreach Director for the Dallas County Democratic Party Azam Sheikh Irving Chapter Executive – Indian American Muslim Council

Posted by CAIR-Texas DFW on Tuesday, September 1, 2020