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.
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