[Abdul Quayyum is Chair of the Kentucky chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations. CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky, Abdul Quayyum,
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Kentucky Chapter (CAIR) joins
with CAIR Washington to condemn the murder of American civilians in Iraq by
a group claiming links to al-Qaida and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, America's most
wanted man in Iraq.
A video posted Monday on a Web site showed the beheading of a man
identified as American construction contractor Eugene Armstrong.
The group that carried out the killing claimed their brutality was aimed at
protecting the honor of Iraqi women and are demanding the release of female
prisoners from two Iraqi jails.
The Islamic civil rights and advocacy group issued the following statement:
"We condemn this heinous murder and repudiate those who deviate from
authentic Islamic teachings by committing brutal acts of violence in the
name of religion. We call on people of all faiths and cultures to stand
with us, united against extremist ideologies which contradict the teachings
and message of Islam."
"As American Muslims and people of conscience, we unequivocally reject the
claim that any cause could possibly be advanced by the killing of
civilians. We join the families of Jack Hensley and Kenneth Bigley in
prayer for their safety and hope that the perpetrators are swiftly brought