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CAIR-MN Welcomes Long John Silver's Apology to Muslim Family

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      CAIR-MN Welcomes Long John Silver's Apology to Muslim Family
      Restaurant commended for 'prompt and professional handling' of religious toy incident

      (ST. PAUL, MN, 12/24/08) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed an apology from a Long John Silver's restaurant in that state that distributed religious literature in children's meals.

      In November, a Muslim family visited the Long John Silver's at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., and ordered a children's meal for their three-year-old son. The Muslim parents noticed that the toy that came with the meal was a small notepad with the phrase "Build with Jesus" written at the top along with a quote from the Bible.

      Although Muslims respect the Bible and believe in Jesus as a prophet of Islam, the family preferred a non-religious toy in the children's meal. After requesting an alternative toy for their child, the family was shown variations of the notepad, each containing a different verse from the Bible.

      Click here to view the toy.

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      Following intervention by CAIR-MN, the restaurant investigated the matter and found that the "families' request was not handled in a manner consistent with company policy."

      In a letter to CAIR-MN, the Long John Silver's franchisee owner Steve Oborn wrote: "In an attempt to support and respect a multitude of diverse needs and preferences, it is our policy to have an optional toy(s) available per request. Recognizing the needs of younger children, those with allergies, or disabilities, varying religious affiliation, or their parents that prefer treats containing no sugar, are amongst those sensitivities we hope to always accommodate and respectively respond to...Please extend our sincere apologies to this family."

      Oborn also wrote that the toy distribution policy has been reviewed with current management and staff to ensure that "proper procedure will be followed in the future and eliminate further occurrences of this sort."

      In addition to a written apology, the company will send the family a gift certificate to any Yum! Brands location and a replacement, non-religious toy for their 3-year-old child.

      "We commend Long John Silvers for its prompt and professional handling of this case," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam. "This positive outcome highlights both the desire of the company to respond to customer concerns and the inappropriateness of distributing religious material in a commercial setting."

      CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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-MN Board Chair Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, E-Mail: lsaroya@...; CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam, 651-587-4712, E-Mail: tislam@...; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202 488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@...

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