(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/26/05) – The Southern California office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for the immediate release
of an American contractor who was kidnapped along with a Filipino co-worker
in Iraq last November.
A videotape aired on Tuesday showed 56-year-old Roy Hallums with a gun held
to his head and pleading for his life. His daughter and former wife both
reside in Southern California.
In its statement, the Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said:
“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Roy Hallums. We
also call for the release of every other hostage currently held in Iraq and
urge all parties to the conflict to refrain from any actions that may harm
The Lancet, a respected Bristish medical journal, recently estimated that
civilian casualties resulting from the war in Iraq have topped 100,000.
SEE: “Mortality Before and After the 2003 Invasion of Iraq”
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 Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad,
peace be upon him.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
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