An Islamic organization opening an office in Orlando joined the international chorus of discontent Wednesday over cartoons that have sparked violence abroad because of their characterizations of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

The local reaction to the international event signals what will likely be a more outspoken community in Central Florida as its numbers grow and activism increases here.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations office is set to open Feb. 25 at a storefront in the core of Parramore, a predominantly black neighborhood west of downtown Orlando.

To get started before its opening, the group is launching an educational campaign about Muhammad. It will be giving away DVDs, offering information online and recommending books.

The group condemned the riots that have taken place in parts of the Middle East, Asia and Europe as “un-Islamic.”


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