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CAIR Condemns School Killings in Russia


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has
condemned the recent killing of more than 300 people, including many
children, at a school seized by terrorists in Beslan, southern Russia.

In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy
group said:

“No words can describe the horror and grief generated by the deaths of so
many innocent people at the hands of those who dishonor the cause they
espouse. We offer sincere condolences to the families of the victims and
call for a swift resolution to the conflict in that troubled region that
will let all people live in peace and freedom.”

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 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726,;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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