(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/04) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today condemned the murder of British hostage Kenneth Bigley in Iraq
and called for an end to the cycle of violence in the Middle East.
In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy
“We condemn this latest act of mindless cruelty and repeat our call for the
immediate release of all hostages currently held in Iraq, whatever their
nation of origin or faith.”
“We must work together to bring an end to the seemingly endless cycle of
violence that has claimed so many innocent lives in the Middle East.”
CAIR recently launched an online petition drive, called “Not in the Name of
Islam,” designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.
The “Not in the Name of Islam” petition states:
“We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who commit
acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only
destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the faith
they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the
massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause
of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or
individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to allow
our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority
acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad,
peace be upon him.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.