( WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/14/05 ) – At a news conference this morning in Washington, D.C., a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group released a nationwide television public service announcement (PSA) designed to highlight the Muslim community’s condemnation of terrorism and rejection of those who carry out terror attacks.
The “Not in the Name of Islam” PSA, produced by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is now online and will be distributed by satellite feed to television stations this afternoon and re-broadcast next Tuesday. (Arabic and Urdu-subtitled versions of the PSA will also be distributed.) To view the PSA online, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram
SATELLITE DISTRIBUTION : C-Band Satellite, Thursday, July 14 at 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8
RE-FEED: Tuesday, July 19, 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8
At today’s news conference, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed said: “Defeating terrorism is in everyone’s interest. That is why we are launching one more effort to make the Muslim community’s condemnation of terrorism crystal clear. . .This PSA also serves another purpose. It communicates to Muslims, whether here or abroad, Islam’s clear position on this matter. Any effort by terrorists to hide their criminal activities under the mask of religious piety is being categorically and unequivocally rejected by mainstream Muslims.”
CAIR’s 30-second PSA features American Muslims stating: “We often hear claims Muslims don’t condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone of any faith – who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It’s about peace and justice.” (BETA copies of the PSA are available to media outlets.)
The PSA campaign ties into CAIR’s “Not in the Name of Islam” online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1071&page=NR
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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