(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 4/9/2013) — A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today spoke to students at Marygrove College in Detroit, Mich., about the need for a national moratorium of the death penalty.
At an ethics class, CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid discussed CAIR's support for a national moratorium on the death in light of the history of selective sentencing of people of color and numerous cases of persons who were wrongly sentenced then later exonerated by DNA evidence.
Walid also discussed the stance against executing persons based on circumstantial evidence, based on the saying of Prophet Muhammad that “It is better for the leader to err in pardoning than to err in punishing.” (Listen to the lecture)
In 2011, CAIR renewed its call for a national moratorium of the death penalty in wake of the execution of Troy Davis. Walid joined human rights activists outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on the night of Davisâ€™ execution calling for vigorous debate into the historically unjust use of the death penalty in America.
“We welcome such opportunities to engage students of higher learning about contemporary civil and human rights issues that affect America,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
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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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, email@example.com