Friday, March 16, 2007

Christians Support CAIR

The Council for American Islamic Relations is a mainstream Islamic advocacy organization, which has done excellent work in highlighting the struggles of Muslim people in the United States particularly in the period following 9/11. Among their significant efforts has been the cataloging of islamophobic activities in many states.

Predictably, pressure on CAIR has been mounting. Yesterday, the New York Times ran a front page article highlighting recent political attacks and scrutiny against CAIR. Click here for the full article

Other newspapers also ran an edited version of the article. All in all the article is but it does repeat false and baseless allegations launched by some extreme right-wing anti Muslim groups. The article does make it clear that there is not a shred of evidence that CAIR is doing anything illegal. An FBI official is on record saying there is no evidence.

Yesterday, Bob Edgar (General Secretary, NCC) and I signed a letter to the Editor initiated by Rita Nakashima Brock on behalf of Christian leaders.

Dear Editor:

As Christians leaders, we oppose attacks against the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The capitulation of members of Congress to a campaign to discredit Islamic organizations places Muslims in the U.S. in danger of character assassination and false charges. We are profoundly disturbed by the long-term damage now being done to CAIR’s reputation, to interfaith relations, to freedom of religion, and to American principles of justice, when no evidence exits that CAIR endorses terrorism or supports terrorist groups.

In retrospect, we will see the same fear-mongering that led to McCarthyism and the illegal incarceration of Japanese Americans in WW II. CAIR is a responsible force for reconciliation and sanity, both in international affairs and in deepening religious understanding here in America. We urge Congress to state clearly what we know is true: CAIR makes a valuable contribution to democracy and interfaith relations.

Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Co-Director, Faith Voices for the Common Good
Rev. Peter Laarman, Director, Progressive Christians Uniting
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, President, Starr King School for the Ministry


At 2:55 AM, Anonymous Reem Abdallah said...

It is so touching to see Christians and Muslims standing together for truth and fairness.
God bless you.

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I urge you to do research on CAIR pray and ask for the truth acording to Gods word .I have seen and heard Ahmed Bedier on the kathy Fountain Show watch a video where Sami Alarian speaking saying death to the Jews He didnt bat an eye. That showed me right thete where they stand. Watch the
movie obession. John 14:6 Jesus says I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father except through him If you belive this you wont want to see them go to hell but will tell them the truth that there relying on thete own blood through maryters instead of the blood of Jesus.Supporting them isnt helping them. tellthem the truth someone told youStop being passive. The best way to show them you reallly care

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous jen said...

First of all, not all people who call themselves Chritans are Christans....coming from a Bible beleiving Christan,I stand with Israel and the Jews,to align yourself with people who's Holy book the q'uran, tells them that we are infindels and they can kill us is not someone to stand with. The Holy Bible tells us over and over again that God will Bless those that Bless Israel and curse those that don't. In the New Testament all the apostles were Israelites and Jesus himself was a Jew, the very people that the muslims call pigs,not to mention, we are monkeys. My suggestion is not to take my word for it, but re-read the Holy Bible and how much it talks about standing with the Jews and Israel. Jews and Christans share the same God, the God of Abraham, Issac, and JACOB!!

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Hijabi Southerner said...

I want to say that I appreciate your comments. There are some Muslims who are very misguided and who say things "such as death to the Jews" just as now a MINORITY
of Muslims do bad things in the name of Islam, unfortunately. CAIR is one of the MAJORITY of Muslim groups who stands for peace and justice and what Islam is really about. Other groups are ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and ICNA (Islamic Society of the Circle of North America) as well as others. Muslims believe that God sent a Prophet to the Jews (Moses, Abraham and others), the Christians (Jesus) and the Muslims (Mohamed). If a Muslim gos around and calls Christians and Jews names then they need to start rereading their Qur'an and stories of the Prophet Mohamed to realize their error. As far as the comments below, I wish I could go into detail but now is not the time or the place to provide refutations. What I can say is
that in order to have a happy life
harboring hate and dislike for other groups unlike oneself is a bad thing for oneself and for society. And this is coming from
a so called unenlightened Muslim. But as a human being I ask you to please be tolerant and loving.


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