(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/28/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on aerospace giant Boeing Co. to drop its advertisements in a magazine that the group says is actively promoting virulently anti-Muslim books that attack Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Despite messages of outrage from hundreds of concerned Muslims, National Review magazine continues to promote “The Life and Religion of Mohammed” on its Internet store. The magazine claims the book exposes “the ugly truth about the founder of the world’s most violent religion.” SEE: http://www.nrbookservice.com/bookpage.asp?prod_cd=C6614&sour_cd=NRE039301 According to the promotional materials, the book is a “guide into the dark mind of [the Prophet] Mohammed.”
The online review states: “[The author] explains why Mohammed couldn’t possibly be a true prophet, and reveals the true sources of his ‘revelations.'” It quotes the author as claiming: “Mohammed posed as the apostle of God”¦while his life is marked by innumerable marriages; and great licentiousness, deeds of rapine, warfare, conquests, unmerciful butcheries, all the time invoking God’s holy name to sanction his evil deeds”¦Mohammed again and again justified his rapine and licentiousness with new ‘divine revelations.’” Another book being promoted by National Review, “The Sword of the Prophet,” is described as: “What Muslims, multiculturalists, and the media hope you never find out about Islam.”
The magazine’s review claims that the book “gives us the unvarnished, ‘politically incorrect’ truth about Islam — including the shocking facts about its founder, Mohammed; its rise through bloody conquest; its sanctioning of theft, deceit, lust and murder.” SEE: http://www.nrbookservice.com/bookpage.asp?prod_cd=C6077 In a letter sent today to Boeing CEO James A. Bell, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote: “I would therefore respectfully request that Boeing address the concerns of Muslims worldwide by withdrawing its advertising support from a magazine that actively promotes anti-Muslim hate.” A copy of that letter will be sent to ambassadors of Muslim and Arab nations in Washington, D.C. (Boeing has a full back-page ad in the latest issue of National Review.) Awad noted that just today, Boeing announced the delivery of the first two Boeing 777-300ER airplanes to Emirates airlines.
SEE: http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2005/q1/nr_050328g.html To view an article outlining Boeing’s interests in the Middle East, go to: http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers/archive/2004/december/mainfeature.html CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
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