CALIFORNIA MUSLIMS SEEK MEETING TO DISCUSS MAYOR'S ISLAMOPHOBIC REMARKS
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 9/11/2006) - The Islamic Educational Center (IEC) of Orange County in Southern California and the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today expressed concern about recent anti-Muslim remarks made by Redding, Calif., Mayor Ken Murray, who he referred to Shia Muslims as "wing nuts."
In an article published September 8 in the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, Murray also claimed Shia Muslims "believe it's acceptable to lie, cheat, steal and kill as long as it ultimately glorifies Allah." "Either the Judeo-Christian philosophy will survive or the Islamic philosophy will survive," added Murray.
In a joint statement, CAIR-SV and the IEC said:
"All Muslims reject lying, cheating, stealing, or killing. Islam abhors such actions and calls on Muslims to maintain honesty, truth, and respect for property and human life.
The Quran states, "and do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden except for the requirements of justice. The next verse states, "and when you speak, then be just though it be (against) a relative (See: Quran Chapter 6, verses 151 & 152)."
"Instead of seeking to deflect criticism by changing the target of his attack from Shia Muslims to so called "Wahabi Muslims," Mayor Murray should address the underlying ignorance of Islam that led to these remarks."
"We call upon Mayor Ken Murray to publicly retract his inaccurate and offensive remarks and to meet with leaders of the California Muslim community so that he may gain a better understanding of Islam and the reality of the American Muslim experience."
CONTACT: CAIR-Sacramento Valley, Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 916-441-6269; The Islamic Educational Center (IEC) of Orange County Imam Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini, email: email@example.com, phone: 714-432-0060