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Gilmer business owner kicked out of Chamber, under fire for controversial Facebook post

GILMER, Texas (KETK) A Facebook post made by a Gilmer business woman has sparked quite the outrage on social media, along with the termination of her membership to the Chamber of Commerce.

The woman identified on social media as the owner of Market Bistro and Ladyfingers Bakery, Lisa Gaines, posted to her personal Facebook the post below, but has since taken it down.

Since the posting this past weekend, Gaines has taken down the Ladyfingers Cakes Facebook page, as well as her own.

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Good News Alert: Amazon Seller Takes Down Bathroom Products with Islamic Text After CAR-Texas DFW Get's Involved

On Friday, November 15th, CAIR-Texas DFW received a complaint from a community member who informed our office of an offensive product sold by an Amazon Seller that had Surah Mulk (chapter of the Quran) written on a bathroom shower curtain. Upon investigation, our staff determined the seller had several similar bathroom products. In the Islamic tradition, writing Quranic (Islam's Holy Book) text, the name of Allah (God), or the name of Muahmmad (Islam's Prophet, May Peace be Upon Him) on any product that will be put inside of a bathroom, or stepped on like a rug, or any other offensive place is disrespectful and offensive. 

After our investigation, our team wrote a demand letter to the seller requesting the products be immediately removed. Within a few hours all the products were removed from Amazon by the seller. 

"We are very pleased with the response by the seller who upon learning about the offensive nature of the products immediately took them down" said Faizan Syed Executive Director of CAIR-Texas DFW. "This is a business best practice and we call on the community to report companies who sell these types of products so we can work to educate the company and get them removed."

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EXCLUSIVE: Gilmer community shows outpouring of love for woman who was subject of offensive Facebook post

Gilmor Texas Muslim Hijabi

Alkam says while there, she had a wonderful time at the event, especially the people she encountered.

"I had such a great time at the festival, and everyone was so courteous and sweet," Alkam remembered.

While there, a Gilmer business woman snapped a photo of Alkam. She then proceeded to post it to her Facebook page. The caption on the post read: "Look what showed up in Gilmer at the Yulefest. We have been infiltrated."

Alkam says she first saw the post while scrolling through Facebook.

"I saw that somebody had shared a post saying, talking about a woman who had posted a picture of a woman in the hijab and that she captioned it with the racist comment. And she sent it to me, and lo and behold, it was me. It was a photo of me," Alkam explained. "I was just shocked that somebody would go out of their way to take a photo of me, without my consent, and then post a really nasty comment along with it." 

Alkam says while the post upset her, it is the first instance of someone being offensive toward her because of her hijab. 

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CAIR-DFW Welcomes DoJ Settlement With Farmersville, TX Involving Denial of Muslim Cemetery

CAIR-DFW Welcomes DoJ Settlement With Farmersville, TX Involving Denial of Muslim Cemetery

(DALLAS, TX, 4/17/19) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a settlement reached by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with the City of Farmersville, TX, for the city’s denial of an application to build a Muslim cemetery.