Council on American-Islamic Relations
Local Somali leaders are worried about reaction to al-Shabaab’s recent video, calling for attacks on western malls such as Mall of America.
The chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota is condemning comments about Muslims a county GOP chair made on his Facebook page. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade.
The FBI is being asked to investigate a possible hate crime in St. Paul. Neighbors found someone had painted an anti-Islam message on a driveway in the West Seventh neighborhood.
Inmates at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis will now be allowed to wear religious head coverings while incarcerated. The announcement about the policy – the first of its kind in Minnesota – was made Thursday by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “I am extremely proud of our current efforts to recognize the religious rights and beliefs of all inmates,” Stanek said. “The addition of this policy enhances our efforts to be more culturally aware.”
The FBI says it is looking into allegations that two agents intimidated a Somali man.
Federal authorities have launched a formal civil rights investigation into the city of St. Anthony’s decision to reject a planned mosque.
The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, along with interfaith leaders, are standing together against a Senate bill they say discriminates against them.
The St. Cloud School Board has approved an agreement which ends an investigation into complaints that Somali students were being harassed.
Some Muslims in Minnesota are relieved to hear that Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat.