7 – CAIR ADDRESSES U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS, IRAQ, POPE’S COMMENTS
In September, CAIR hosted a dinner for former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to underscore the need for increased dialogue between the West and the Muslim world. The theme of his address was “Dialogue of Civilizations: Five Years After 9/11,” in which he called for respect and dialogue between followers of the three Abrahamic faiths.
CAIR also hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to offer the Arab and Muslim perspective on the findings of the Iraq Study Group report. The panel discussion included remarks by the Syrian ambassador to the United States, as well as comments from Middle East expert Shibley Telhami and CAIR officials. It too was aired live on C-SPAN.
SEE: CAIR Panel on Muslim Perspective & Iraq Study Group Report
CAIR also urged restraint and called for interfaith outreach when Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial remarks on Islam and the Prophet caused offense worldwide to Muslims.
CAIR national and chapter officials immediately called for increased dialogue between Muslims and Catholics and met with the Vatican’s representative in Washington, D.C., to discuss the remarks. CAIR-Florida even raised money to pay for the rebuilding of churches destroyed in response to the Pope’s remarks.
SEE: Muslims Pay to Repair Churches Damaged After Pope Comments