(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/11/2009) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today marked the fifth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings by renewing its repudiation of all acts of terrorism.
In a statement, CAIR said:
On the 5th anniversary of the tragic 3/11 Madrid attacks, we once again condemn and repudiate all those who seek to justify the killing of civilians in order to achieve political or religious goals.
Our position is clear. We unequivocally condemn all acts of terrorism, whether carried out by al-Qa'ida, the Real IRA, FARC, Hamas, ETA, or any other group designated by the U.S. Department of State as a 'Foreign Terrorist Organization.'
CAIR has consistently condemned specific terrorist acts targeting Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Americans, Spaniards, Turks, Israelis, Saudis, Russians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Iraqis, British, and others.
Condemnations alone will not end the scourge of terrorism. That is why CAIR's moral position, which is prompted by the basic Islamic principle that no one has the right to take innocent life, is backed by action.
CAIR has sent its staff to Iraq to appeal for the release of a kidnapped American journalist; produced anti-terror public service announcements (PSA) in English, Arabic and Urdu; coordinated an Islamic anti-terror religious ruling (fatwa); encouraged the rebuilding of churches in the wake of Middle East violence; and called on Islamic religious leaders to deliver anti-terror messages in their sermons.
CAIR's advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of anti-American extremists. Indeed, our track record of success contradicts extremists's arguments that Muslims cannot get fair treatment in our nation.
We call on our community to join with us, or the organization of their choice, in working to further mutual interest and mutual respect -- as called for by President Obama in his inaugural address -- between our nation and the Muslim world.
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, [email protected]; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, [email protected]