(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/5/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has condemned a recent threat against Iraq’s Christian community and a deadly attack in which dozens of Iraqi Christians were killed in a Baghdad church on Sunday.
The group claiming responsibility for the attack, an umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq, reportedly threatened “all Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers” in an online statement.
SEE: Al-Qaeda group threatens Iraqi Christians
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We condemn this attack on a house of worship in the strongest possible terms and repudiate the groups that perpetrate such heinous crimes. The Christian community has a long and honored tradition in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. The lives and religious rights of members of that community must be protected. Threatening people, especially basing such threats on their religion, is immoral and contrary to Islamic principles and teachings about people of other faith traditions. The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘A believer is one from whom the people’s blood and wealth are safe.'”
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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