June 26 – Days after federal authorities charged seven men with plotting terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, a Muslim advocacy group is insisting the men were not Muslims and shouldn’t be described as such in news reports.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) bases its claim on a June 22 CNN interview. In it, a Miami man claims to belong to the same Seas of David group that apparently counts the suspects as members, and he tells of their religious practice. “We study and we train through the bible,” Brother Corey says in a CNN transcript. He also refers to the group’s habit of worshiping in a “temple,” not a mosque.
“Given that the reported beliefs of this bizarre group have nothing to do with Islam, we ask members of the media to refrain from calling them ‘Muslims,'” said CAIR spokesperson Ahmed Bedier.