Former Muslim Charity Leader Keeps Citizenship, Trial Pending

DALLAS – Sept. 14, 2015 – Supporters of Enaam Arnaout, the former head of Benevolence International Foundation and naturalized U.S. citizen, are applauding the court’s denial of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago’s request to revoke Arnaout’s citizenship without trial (Case No. 14-cv-5617).

Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America, a charitable legal fund that is funding Arnaout’s citizenship defense, said that this latest attempt appears to be part of an ongoing McCarthyism-style witch hunt against Muslim charity leaders in America. Khalil Meek, Executive Director of MLFA, said that he is glad that the judge denied the government’s motion to revoke Arnaout citizenship without a trial.

“I commend Judge Joan Gottschall for her leadership and commitment to the rule of law,” said Meek. “It’s good to see the U.S. Constitution upheld over the politics of fear and Islamophobia in American courtrooms.”

According to Meek and attorneys representing Arnaout, the next step is for the case to go to trial.

Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many of our nation’s civil liberties. To learn more about MLFA, visit

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