(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 3/25/14) – On April 5, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host its 8th Annual Awards Banquet ‘Faith in Freedom’ at the Tower Hotel.

This event celebrates eight years of defending the rights of Oklahoma Muslims and of working to increase the understanding of Islam and Muslims in Oklahoma by breaking down barriers of intolerance and misunderstanding. The banquet will be headlined by world renowned author and scholar, Dr. John L. Esposito, author of works such as “Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century.”

WHAT: CAIR-Oklahoma 8th Annual Awards Banquet ‘Faith in Freedom’
WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 5 p.m. Registration, 6 p.m. Program and Dinner
WHERE: The Tower Hotel, 3233 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, asoltani@cair.com
SEE: Event Description

In addition to our headline speaker, this year’s banquet includes Palestinian-American comedian, Mohammed “Mo” Amer of group Allah Made Me Funny. The speakers will focus on this year’s theme, “Faith in Freedom,” in light of the rise of Islamophobia in our state.

“This year’s banquet is a celebration of the freedoms that we as Oklahoma Muslims cherish, particularly after a favorable ruling in the Oklahoma anti-shariah amendment case in 2013,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “We have faith that our freedoms as American citizens will continue to be safeguarded by the U.S. Constitution and by our work as a civil rights organization.”

CAIR-OK is a chapter of 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-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, asoltani@cair.com; CAIR-OK Board Chair Saad Mohammed, 405-210-4775, smohammed@cair.com