In his letter to the editor on March 31, Jonathan Gold contends that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is not a moderate organization. CAIR is in fact, the nation’s largest Islamic civil rights group, advocating on behalf of Muslims in North America. It seems that the larger we grow and the more that we accomplish to preserve the rights of American Muslims, the more we come under attack.

CAIR works closely with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies to ensure that justice is served.
Stephen Tidwell, assistant director in charge from the FBI Los Angeles office in California said the following about CAIR:

“CAIR has forged relationships with Christian and Jewish leaders across the country to promote understanding.”

Pastor Warren Clark from Tampa, Fla., stated, in the St. Petersburg Times, “As a Christian pastor, I support the work of CAIR. This is a national group with a very balanced and effective voice that speaks up for the rights of all peoples, and especially Muslims in the United States. It is akin to the NAACP. I think that because it is so effective, it has been targeted … We need groups like CAIR in these fear-mongering times.”

Muslims throughout history have been persecuted in the Crusades, the Inquisition and not too long ago in Bosnia.

It would be a shame if in this day and age we are yet again persecuted simply because we choose to stand up for the rights of Muslims in this great nation that we call our home.

Afsheen Shamsi, communications director, CAIR-NJ, Princeton


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