In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
Council on American-Islamic Relations CAIR Office in Maryland
6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, Md. 21228 |  mdoutreach@cair.com | 443.251.2132 | www.cair.com
For Immediate Release:
CAIR Condemns Violent Insurrection On Capitol Hill, Acknowledges Maryland Officials’ Efforts to Protect Democracy 
(BALTIMORE, Md., 1/6/21) - The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned pro-Trump rioters’ violent insurrection, anarchy and property destruction on Capitol Hill as U.S. lawmakers prepared to move forward with the constitutional process of certifying the 2020 election results.


The civil rights group acknowledged law enforcement agencies in Maryland, including the Prince George's County Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department, who responded to calls for help from Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to control the mob and establish order after reports that the Defense Department initially refused to deploy the National Guard to the U.S. Capitol. 


In a statement, Director of CAIR’s office in Maryland Zainab Chaudry said:

This unconstitutional assault on our democracy is an egregious attempt to threaten and intimidate lawmakers and overturn legitimate election results. A sitting U.S. president is directly responsible for encouraging sedition. Every tool at Congress’ disposal must be used to hold all those involved accountable to the fullest extent of the law, while acting in accordance to the U.S. Constitution, to protect our democracy from future attacks. We call on our elected leaders at every level of the government to exhibit the moral courage to take swift, decisive action, and we pray for the safety and healing of our country.” 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   

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CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com

America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization is applauding an effort by the House speaker to repeal the state song, “Maryland, My Maryland,” in the new General Assembly session.

“It contains pro-Confederacy themes that unfortunately do reflect some of the most problematic stained chapters of our nation’s history,” said Zainab Chaudry, director of the Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The song is based on a poem from 1861, and it refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a “tyrant” and “despot” and refers to the Union as “Northern scum.” Chaudry said that there is a way to remember that history, but that doesn’t amplify and celebrate it. Maryland’s state song has been a point of contention for years, but Chaudry believes this year something can be done about it. Read more.