An advocate for better understanding of Muslims and their religion says the men accused of conspiring to blow up the Sears Tower are “a bizarre, cultist group.”

Ahmed Rehab is executive director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He says the accused plotters have nothing to do with Islam. . .

“I think there has been some reluctance to step up and say that these individuals are indeed non-representative Muslims,” Rehab says, “because certain commentators may see that as whitewashing or watering down our fight against terrorism.”

Rehab spoke today at a news conference held at his group’s downtown Chicago office.


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