WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2012 / -- A Joplin, Mo., church will host an interfaith "iftar," or Ramadan fast-breaking meal, tonight for the congregation of the Islamic Society of Joplin, which was destroyed by a suspicious fire on Monday.
Also today, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference at the site of the burned mosque to call for stepped up efforts to apprehend the person shown attempting to set the mosque on fire in July.
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WHAT: CAIR News Conference at Burned Missouri Mosque
WHEN: Wednesday, August 8, 3 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: Site of Islamic Society of Joplin, Joplin, MO
CONTACT: CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Interfaith Iftar for Congregation of Destroyed Missouri Mosque
WHEN: Wednesday, August 8, 7:30-10 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 706 Byers Avenue, Joplin, MO
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: email@example.com
Speakers at the iftar will include CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, the imam of the Islamic Society of Joplin and representatives of the interfaith community.
Sponsoring groups include CAIR, South Joplin Christian Church, United Hebrew Congregation, First Community Church, and Peace Lutheran Church.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org