Jaylani Hussein knew the cramped Minneapolis office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wasn't big enough to hold the growing staff much longer.

But it was the threats, hate-filled letters and menacing phone calls directed at the organization that sent him in search of something more than extra square footage.

CAIR held an open house last week to celebrate its new office in Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood, a location that offers more space, is closer to clients and, CAIR staff members hope, serves as a sanctuary.

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