Course instructor compares Islam to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan
(PHOENIX, AZ, 8/3/2010) –- The Arizona chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on a Jewish educational organization in that state to offer a balancing perspective to a recent course taught by an instructor who has equated Islam with Nazi ideology.
CAIR-AZ said the six-part course “Islam 101” offered by the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) was taught by Dr. Carl Goldberg, an individual who reportedly has a past history of bashing Islam and Muslims.
When commenting on the “threat of Islam” in the United States, Goldberg stated: “What would you do if you had a Ku Klux Klan center, or Nazi party centers all over the United States propagating Nazi ideology?”. . .”What would you do about it? It’s quite similar, actually, because the ideology is not all that different.”
At least one of the course participants reportedly walked out “in disgust” after the first day of class.
Goldberg recently offered a similar presentation to an Arizona Tea Party group.
“We urge the Bureau of Jewish Education to offer another course on Islam taught by a recognized mainstream Muslim scholar who can offer accurate information to help balance out the biased presentation offered by Mr. Goldberg,” said CAIR-AZ Chair Anas Hlayhel. “Relations between the American Muslim and Jewish communities should be based on mutual respect and constructive dialogue, not on misinformation and mistrust.”
Last Week, CAIR called on the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to retract its statement against the construction of an Islamic community center in New York City.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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