(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/7/15) â€“ Leaders of the Arizona Muslim community today condemned the recent attack Sunday on an anti-Islam event in Texas.
In a joint statement, a number of Muslim community group said:
â€œWe condemn Sundayâ€™s attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, and reiterate our condemnation of all forms of terrorism and religious extremism. Our community was saddened to learn that two individuals from Phoenix were involved in the attack that injured Officer Bruce Jointer.
â€œWe also share the view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence. Â Unfortunately, human history shows us that hatred breeds more hatred and extremism leads to more extremism.
â€œIronically, bigots like those that planned the anti-Islam event and the perpetrators of Sundayâ€™s attack share a common goal of seeking to provoke a downward spiral of mutual hostility and mistrust in America. Â People of good will must work together to ensure that extremists of all faiths and backgrounds do not accomplish that malevolent goal.â€
The statement was signed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Arizona (CAIR-AZ), the Islamic Community Center of Tempe, the United Islamic Center, the Islamic Center of East Valley, the Islamic Center of Tucson, the Islamic Center of North East Valley, the West Valley Islamic Center, Masjid Al Noor (Mesa), Islamic Center of North Phoenix, Arizona Cultural Academy, the Somali American United Council, the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board, and the Muslim American Society â€“ Arizona.
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