(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/20/2010) – A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called revelations that gun sights used by the U.S. military are inscribed with Biblical references a “potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces” and urged the Pentagon to withdraw the sights from combat use.
SEE: Pentagon: Bible-Verse Gunsights Don’t Violate Rules (USA Today)
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The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the continued use of the sights with the religious references would send a negative message to the Muslim world.
“The use of military equipment with hidden Bible references sends the false message to Muslims worldwide that we are at war with Islam,” said CAIR Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili. “In addition, these sights are a potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces, endanger our troops and alienate our Muslim allies. They should we withdrawn as soon as logistically possible.”
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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