Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of CAIR, agreed the library was not the right place for ACT! to meet.
“It’s a safe haven for knowledge, education, and enlightenment,” he said. “That place is now being tarnished.”
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director joined a panel of religious leaders on ABC7′s Windy City Live. The leaders included a Jewish Rabbi, Catholic priest, and Christian pastor and they discussed various issues such as women’s roles, youth involvement, and core faith beliefs.
“Whether Sikhs, Muslims, Jews or anyone, such attacks must be seen as against us all, rather than just the targeted group. Hate hurts us all and we can only weed it out as one front,” said Ahmed Rehab.
CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan discusses criminals posing as police, IRS agents in tax scam targeting immigrants in Chicago.
The satirical website, launched by the Muslim-American duo, features headlines including: “Report: Arab Summit After-Party Gets ‘Totally Awkward’ when Muslim Brotherhood Show Up,” “43-Year-Old Bachelor Thinks He ‘Still Has Shot’ Marrying 20-Something Girls” and “Media Outlets Furious Ethiopian Hijacker Was Not Muslim.”
CAIR-Chicago Senior Communications Coordinator Agnieszka Karoluk appeared on FOX news’: The Kelly File to discuss the funding behind “Honor Diaries”
Following the shooting, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had called on the FBI to investigate it as a hate crime. McCarthy said Wednesday he’s spoken with the bureau, and that although it’s not involved in the investigation, “we are keeping them apprised” of the department’s probe.
“Had it been aimed lower and gone through a window, I personally believe it could have killed someone, if not injured them very seriously. So that is not lost of anyone and is much cause for concern, and fear, really,” CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab told WGN
The office had asked the FBI to step in and investigate the incident as a hate crime but had not received a response from the bureau as of late Tuesday, Karoluk said. CAIR also asked Orland Park police for increased patrols around the mosque.
Orland Park police are investigating but the investigation may expand to the federal level as well. The prayer center is working with the Chicago chapter of CAIR in asking the FBI to investigate this as a hate crime.