MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 20, 2016) — The head of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) has reached out to a Lonsdale, Minn., business owner who put up a “Muslims Get Out” sign outside his restaurant to invite him to meet with Muslim community leaders at the Islamic Center of Faribault.
CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein will invite Treats Family Restaurant owner Dan Ruedinger to the mosque so that he can interact with Muslims and learn more about Islam and the local Muslim community.
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“Our experience has shown that interaction with ordinary American Muslims and enhanced knowledge of Islam are key factors in the reduction of Islamophobic attitudes,” said Hussein. “We invite Mr. Ruedinger to visit the mosque in Fairbault and to learn more about Muslims and Islam in Minnesota.”
Hussein thanked those community members of different faiths and backgrounds who spoke out against the “Muslims Get Out Sign.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.