(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/12/2013) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Christian violence in Pakistan, which this week has included a church being burned and a number of people being forced to flee their homes.
One incident included an attack on a Christian neighborhood after a report that the Prophet Muhammad had been defamed.
In a statement CAIR said:
“Violence and vandalism have no place in Islamic behavior. We condemn the recent violence targeting the Christian community in Pakistan. If we wish to honor the Prophet Muhammad — peace be upon him — we should follow his example of forgiveness and not retaliating to alleged insults.
“As the Quran, Islam's revealed text, states: 'Had not God repelled some people by the might of others, the monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which God's praise is celebrated daily, would have been utterly demolished. God will certainly help those who help His cause.'” (The Holy Quran, 22:40)
CAIR recently sent a letter to Pakistan's ambassador in Washington, D.C., to condemn a deadly bomb attack in that nation and to offer support for efforts to promote pluralism.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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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