Dirar Ahmad thinks Islamic terrorists in the Middle East might need a dictionary.
Ahmad, president of the Islamic Association of West Virginia, said the terrorists must not understand their holy book very well because there is nothing in the Quran that advocates murder.
"I don't know what Quran they are reading, but it's not the same one I grew up with and cherished," Ahmad said.
Over the weekend, the Islamic Association of West Virginia condemned the execution-style slaying of American civilian Paul Johnson Jr., who had been held hostage in Saudi Arabia since last week by Muslim extremists linked to al-Qaida.
"We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts," the group said in a prepared statement. "We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him."
The statement also called for swift capture and prosecution of the terrorists..