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Readers of right-wing web site threaten Muslims

Readers of right-wing web site threaten Muslims

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today reported that it has received numerous hate-filled and threatening messages from the readers of a right-wing Islamophobic web site. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is working with the Department of Justice to investigate those messages that contained threats.

Some of the hate messages sent to CAIR from visitors to Worldnetdaily.com include:

1) "I don't say kill [Muslims]. But it would be a better world without them!" 2) F**k you; and the one humped camel you rode in on. 3) You are lower than snake sh*t. 4) islam is a scam to keep people down…kill the infidels. f**k that kill muslims… f**k all of you…and die real soon 5) Take the f**king towels off your heads and join the human race, A**HOLES!!!! 6) Please leave My Country…And leave it NOW! 7) Get out of America 8) I have been encouraged by Joe Farah of WorldnetDaily to send this to you…leave this nation and go back to the pile of cow manure you all came from 9) It won't be long before the immigration police will be there to help you go home to the cesspool you came from. 10) GO HOME! Wherever that is, it is not HERE!

CAIR officials say the hate-filled emails were prompted by a number of Worldnetdaily.com articles demonizing Muslims and by recent false charges made against CAIR by the site's editor, Joseph Farah.

His most recent articles smeared CAIR in an attempt to support the controversial nomination of Daniel Pipes to the United States Institute of Peace. The nomination of Pipes, who just this week said President Bush was wrong to call Islam a "religion of peace" and refused to condemn the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II, is opposed by a number of Muslim and Arab-American groups, including CAIR.

Farah falsely claimed CAIR never condemned suicide bombings, called the conviction of the first World Trade Center bombings a "travesty of justice," termed the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman a "hate crime," and that CAIR's board chairman said the Quran "should be the highest authority in America."

"We never called the conviction of the World Trade Center bombings a 'travesty of justice' and did not call the conviction of Sheikh Omar a 'hate crime,'" said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Our board chairman did not say the Quran should be the highest authority in America and we have repeatedly condemned terrorism in all its forms, including suicide bombings," said Awad.

He citied the group's statement of condemnation issued following a bomb attack on a Passover celebration in the coastal city of Netanya last March that left 20 people dead and more than 100 wounded: "We condemn this attack and all other attacks on innocent civilians…This attack is of particular concern coming as it did during a religious observance in which the focus is remembrance of God... To break this cycle of violence and counter-violence, all parties must focus on a political solution based on justice and equality, not force of arms."

Awad also noted that the alleged statement about the Quran by CAIR's board chairman was not in fact a quote. It was a paraphrase of remarks that were either reported inaccurately or wrongly attributed by a reporter at a small California newspaper. CAIR is seeking a retraction from that newspaper.

Farah's attacks also contain a number of other falsehoods and distortions. For example, he distorted the facts in an attempt link a CAIR advisory board member to the first World Trade Center attack.

That person, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, is one of the American Muslim community's most respected leaders and he works with almost all national Islamic organizations. As part of the original World Trade Center case, the prosecutors released a long list of people who "may be alleged as co-conspirators."

That list included anyone who came anywhere near Sheikh Omar. Since Imam Siraj was a leader in the New York community in which Sheikh Omar lived, his name was included on the list. He was never charged with any crime, nor was there any evidence presented that he was involved in the conspiracy in any way. Farah knows this but continues to vilify a respected Muslim leader.

In a past column, Farah claimed, "Islam has been at war with the West, with Christianity, with Judaism…ever since the days of [the Prophet] Muhammad." He also rejected criticism of a Worldnetdaily.com article advocating that, "For every [Israeli] civilian, 100 non-combatant Palestinian adults will be slain, and for every child, 1,000 adults," saying that he found the proposal to be "a very thoughtful and quite responsible contribution to the Middle East debate."

Other editorials on WorldNetDaily.com called the Quran, Islam's revealed text, a "suicide playbook" and recommended air-lifting pigs into Afghan mosques. One Worldnetdaily.com columnist wrote recently: "The only French custom that still survives [following Napoleon's invasion of Egypt] is the aversion to bathing." Another stated: "…freedom and democracy are incompatible with Islam."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is a mainstream organization that regularly works with national law enforcement authorities, elected officials and other civil liberties and minority groups. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.

 

Asylum detention policy needs clarification say Muslims

Asylum detention policy needs clarification say Muslims

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked the Department of Homeland Security to clarify a government policy revealed this morning that would seem to call for the indefinite detention of legal asylum seekers in the United States.

The policy is part of "Liberty Shield," a national plan announced by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and designed to "increase protections for America's citizens and infrastructure." The part of Liberty Shield relating to asylum seekers states:

"Asylum applicants from nations where al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda sympathizers, and other terrorist groups are known to have operated will be detained for the duration of their processing period. This reasonable and prudent temporary action allows authorities to maintain contact with asylum seekers while we determine the validity of their claim. DHS and the Department of State will coordinate exceptions to this policy."

SEE: http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/press_release/press_release_0115.xml

"This policy announcement raises several important legal and moral questions. Will all asylum seekers who are in this country legally now be detained indefinitely? Will their families, including children, be detained as well? Will only Muslim and Arab asylum seekers be detained? If this policy only applies to new asylum applicants, will it result in the elimination of asylum requests from Muslim countries? These are questions that must be answered before the policy can be implemented without violating long-standing American values of equal justice and openness to those fleeing oppression," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad said the policy is eerily similar to Australia's "Pacific Solution" program, which relegated seaborne asylum seekers to impoverished Pacific islands while their claims were processed. That policy has been widely condemned by human rights groups.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.

 

Muslim university students threatened in California

Muslim university students threatened in California

The Northern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NCA) said today it met Friday with the FBI about threats made against Muslim students at San Jose State University (SJSU). The threats took the form of expletive-laden graffiti scrawled at locations around the campus. One threat stated: "Muslims will be shot on San Jose State University campus on March 10, 2003."

After being informed of the threatening graffiti by the campus Muslim Students Association, CAIR-NCA Executive Director Helal Omeira called for a meeting with SJSU police, the local FBI Hate Crimes Unit, the San Jose Police Department, and the university's Office of the President to address the security concerns of Muslim students. Participants in that meeting mapped out a plan to deal with the threats.

"It is encouraging to see that law enforcement authorities are taking these threats very seriously and are doing all they can to ensure the safety of San Jose State University students. We appreciate the quick response and the professional manner in which the Muslim community's concerns were addressed," said CAIR-NCA President Fouad Khatib.

In a message sent to Muslim students on campus, SJSU President Robert L. Caret stated in part: "It appears that all the messages were the work of one individual. The San Jose State University Police Department is working with other local and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate these incidents. If you see any similar messages, please call the San Jose State University Police Department 408-924-2222 immediately."

The threats are just one of a series of anti-Muslim incidents across the country reported to CAIR in the last few weeks. Physical assaults against Muslims have been reported in Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, New Jersey, and South Carolina. One incident in Yorba Linda, Calif., left a Muslim teenager badly beaten by a group that allegedly included white supremacists.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.

 

GOP asked to condemn walkout during Muslim prayer

GOP asked to condemn walkout during Muslim prayer

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on state and national Republican leaders to condemn a walkout by two members of that party during a Muslim prayer opening Monday's session of the Washington State House of Representatives.

The Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said Republicans Louis McMahan and Cary Condotta went to the back of the chamber during the invocation by Imam Mohamad Joban of the Islamic Center of Olympia. Condotta said he "wasn't particularly interested" in the prayer. McMahan said she did not remain in the chamber because: "It's an issue of patriotism...The Islamic religion is so…part and parcel with the attack on America. I just didn't want to be there, be a part of that…My god is not Mohammed."

SEE: 2 LAWMAKERS SPURN MUSLIM'S PRAYER

"How many times must American Muslims ask Republican leaders to repudiate Islamophobic hate within their own ranks? Americans must not allow the actions of a few, whatever their positions of authority, to divide our nation along religious and ethnic lines. Such divisive actions by elected leaders can only serve to increase discrimination against ordinary American Muslims and harm our nation's image and interests worldwide," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad urged state and national Republican leaders to repudiate the lawmakers' walkout and to apologize to Washington's Muslim community.

In his prayer, Imam Joban stated: "We open this session of the House of Representatives in the name of Allah, the one God of Abraham, God of Moses, God of Jesus, and God of Mohammed, peace be upon them all…We ask Allah or God to bless the state of Washington so it may continue to prosper and become a symbol of peace and tranquility for people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. We pray that Allah may guide this House in making good decisions for the people of Washington…At this time, we also pray that America may succeed in the war against terrorism. We pray to God that the war may end with world peace and tranquility."

In response to the walkout, Imam Joban said: "As a Muslim we have to respect what people believe and…we have to forgive something because of ignorance The Holy Quran says that (one should) always respond to bad action with good and those who used to be enemies become friends."

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.

 

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