CAIR: IN MUSLIMS WE DO NOT TRUST
The Kamil International Ministries Organization did a little preachin' in a North Carolina school, according to reports. Among its messages: the Prophet Muhammad was "a demon possessed." A couple of updates this morning from the clash of civilizations, otherwise known as our department of "Shiny Happy People Holding Hands":
First we have Rep. Virgil Goode, the five-term Virginia Republican who, readers will recall, made his mark in December by delivering a heartfelt and, no shortage of critics charged, anti-Muslim epistle to some of his constituents.
Well, he hit some of the same grace notes again last week on the House floor, where he registered his disdain for a resolution opposing the troop increase in Iraq. Noting that Muslim radicals were bent on erecting the "green flag of the crescent and star" to fly over the Capitol, Mr. Goode said he could not in good conscience lend support to the non-binding bill.
Plus, well, think about the money.
"I feel that radical Muslims who want to control the Middle East and ultimately the world," he said, "would love to see 'In God We Trust' stricken from our money and replaced with 'In Muhammad We Trust.'"
Why Mr. Goode didn't go for a more parallel phrasing like "In Allah We Trust" is unclear, but Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, quickly pointed out to TPM Cafe last week that "there are many Islamic traditions that reinforce that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was a human being, and he should not be worshiped."
In other words, the editors at TPM noted, "the notion that any Muslim would want 'In Muhammad We Trust' written on U.S. money is, to put it charitably, nonsense."
There is apparently no trust in Muhammad among members of a certain Christian group a few miles south of Mr. Goode's stomping grounds, down in North Carolina. Seems that a representative of something called the Kamil International Ministries Organization was invited on more than one occasion to speak - and distribute literature - to students at Enloe High School in Raleigh.
So what's KIMO? Here's a pull-quote from the front of the group's Web site:
Kamil International Ministries Organization is dedicated to teaching the truth about Islam. We love Muslims but we believe that Islam is not a Divine faith, Muhammad was not a prophet from God and the Koran is not the Word of God. Our mission is to raise an awareness of the danger of Islam among Christians and equip them to share Jesus with Muslims. We will be glad to impart historical and factual information about Islam.
Muhammad, the pamphlets distributed at the high school apparently said, was "a criminal," a "demon possessed," and "inspired by Satan." The group also had a special message for the young women at the high school: "Do Not Marry a Muslim Man."
The comparative benefits of the Jesus were also discussed, according to reports.
The legal director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Arsalan Iftikhar, has written a letter to Dr. Adelphos Burns, the superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. An excerpt, from a C.A.I.R. press release:
"It is unconscionable for a teacher at any public school to abuse his or her position of trust by forcing such hate-filled, inaccurate and intolerant materials on students. One can only imagine what a Muslim student in the class might have experienced and how students of other faiths will now regard their Muslim classmates."
C.A.I.R. is calling for an apology to the students and disciplinary action against the teacher who invited the group to the school in the first place. The Associated Press reported that as of yesterday, Dr. Burns had not received the letter, but that the issue was being investigated and that appropriate action would be taken.