CAIR-CAN Opposes Islamophobic, Anti-Semitic Cartoons
(OTTAWA, CANADA – 02/07/06) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is calling on all citizens of conscience to oppose both the hateful cartoons on the Prophet Muhammad and the recent attempt to print hateful cartoons about the holocaust and the Jewish people.
In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said:
“The cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) published in European newspapers were offensive and insulting to Muslims around the world. The Prophet is held in the highest esteem to Muslims, and to have him – and all Muslims – slandered by these cartoons constituted an abuse of free speech and freedom of the press.
“The Prophet taught Muslims to engage in dialogue and be kind and gracious to all people, which is exemplified by the reaction of Canadian Muslims who have used this controversy to participate peacefully in the current debate.
“As Canadian Muslims, we stand firmly without reservation against all hateful or malicious representations of any ethnic, racial or religious group, and we denounce all acts and statements of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We view both the printing and reprinting of the hateful cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad and the recent initiative to print hateful cartoons about the holocaust as utterly unacceptable.
“We further call on those who condemn the recent initiative to maliciously portray the Jewish community to apply the same universal moral standard to all religious communities and stand in solidarity with Muslims in opposing the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.”
For more information, please call Halima Mautbur at 613-254-9704 or 613-795-2012.