(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/26/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a recent move by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to de-link war rhetoric from the religion of Islam. He instructed his ministers to drop the phrase “war on terror” from their rhetoric and to avoid using the word “Muslim” in connection with discussions of terrorism.
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CAIR officials have previously commended the European Union for issuing legally binding guidelines asking EU member nations to “shun the phrase ‘Islamic terrorism’ in favor of ‘terrorists who abusively invoke Islam.'”
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“We welcome this announcement as a step in the right direction,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed. “Indeed, terrorists are anathema to humanity, and their actions, contrary to popular belief, are not inspired by the teachings of any religion. Prime Minister Brown’s decision shows his understanding of the broader issues in the struggle to prevent terrorism and extremism of all kinds.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. 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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