(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/18/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today repudiated a new call by Anwar al-Awlaki for Muslims to attack the United States.
In the new audio message, the American-born former Virginia resident says he is calling for the attacks because he could not reconcile living in the U.S. and being a Muslim.
SEE: Purported al-Awlaki Message Calls for Jihad Against U.S. (CNN)
In a statement condemning al-Awlaki’s remarks, CAIR said:
“There is no contradiction between being a Muslim and being an American. We repudiate Anwar al-Awlaki’s call for attacks on our nation and urge anyone who may be swayed by his extremist views to instead seek out scholars and community leaders who can offer a mainstream perspective on the positive role Muslims are obligated to play in every society. American Muslims seek to promote justice and the general welfare through civic engagement and community service.”
In November of last year, CAIR also repudiated hate-filled statements by al-Awlaki praising the killings at Fort Hood in Texas.
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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