Carroll wrote: "Hooper's thesis is that there are evil people of all faiths and nationalities (true), that it is vile for vigilantes to target innocent Muslims (true), and that it is wrong to associate terrorism with Muslims (dream on, friend)…So long as (Oklahoma City bomber) Timothy McVeigh is the exception in terrorism cases and the (Muslim) men indicted this week are the norm, people will do what they always do: draw conclusions." Perhaps Mr. Carroll was so busy writing his column that he failed to hear about the sentencing of Eric Rudolph, a member of the Christian Identity Movement, to four life sentences without parole for the 1996 Olympic park bombing in Atlanta and attacks on two abortion clinics and a nightclub.
According to the Associated Press, "Rudolph called himself a Roman Catholic at war over abortion." What conclusions would Mr. Carroll have us draw from those facts? I for one will never blame Christianity, or any other religion, for the deranged acts of individuals acting outside the boundaries of their faith.
WHAT: On April 16, the New York office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will host its 7th annual fundraising dinner and awards ceremony, “Strength From Within: Community And Responsibility.” The keynote speaker at the event will be Professor David Cole of Georgetown University. Special Guests include former military chaplain James) Yee and Dr. Mohammad Nimer, CAIR National Director of Research.
WHEN: 6:30 PM April 16TH 2005
(FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, 4/14/05) – Tomorrow night, the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), in conjunction with the African-American Research Library, will present a seminar on "Exploring Islamic Culture within the African-American Community."
WHEN: Friday, April 15 TIME: 6 PM
WHERE: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL Tel: 954-625-2800 CAIR Board Member and professor at University of Kentucky Dr. Ihsan Bagby will discuss the history of African-American Muslims in America. Following the discussions there will Q&A and light refreshments. CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
WHAT: The Council on American-Islamic Relations cordially invites you to attend its 2005 Annual Conference, "Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies."
WHEN: Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, 2005 Conference Banquet, Saturday, May 14