Skip to comments.MUSLIMS ADDRESS TERRORISM IN NATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN (CAIR Exec Director Nihad Awad Lies to Kafirs)
Posted on 03/07/2003 8:13:57 PM PST by Stultis
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
MUSLIMS ADDRESS TERRORISM IN NATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN
CAIR ad says terrorism is "not condoned by Islam or any other religion"
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/7/03) - The issue of religiously-motivated terrorism will be addressed in the fourth installment of a national advertising campaign designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter what ad sponsors say is a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, launched the year-long "Islam in America" campaign February 16 with an ad on the New York Times editorial page.
The first three ads featured examples of ethnic diversity in the American Muslim community, a Muslim Girl Scout troop in California and a Muslim woman explaining why modest Islamic attire is both liberating and empowering.
The text of the latest CAIR ad reads:
"Over the course of history, many religions have fallen victim to violent interpretations.
"The texts and teachings of all faiths are vulnerable to manipulation and abuse by violent extremists. Terrorism is a tactic employed by deluded individuals or groups to advance an ideological or political cause. It is not condoned by Islam or any other religion.
"American Muslims condemn all acts of terrorism and we are as outraged as our fellow Americans by atrocities committed in the name of God and our religion.
"Islam, Christianity, Judaism and many other faiths share the basic values necessary to create a world where tolerance and peace prevail. We have an opportunity to build bridges between our faiths and challenge those who attempt to repeat history by dividing humanity along religious and ethnic lines.
"It's up to people of conscience to seek and embrace the truth."
"We often hear that Muslims have not condemned terrorism enough since the 9/11 attacks. This advertisement is designed to address that issue and show clearly Islam's and the American Muslim community's strong opposition to acts of violence against civilians, whether they are committed by individuals, groups or states," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad noted that the ad's message is consistent with the long-standing and repeated condemnation of terrorism by all major American Muslim organizations.
The weekly CAIR ads, each explaining one aspect of Islam, are being distributed to Muslim communities around America for placement in local newspapers. All the advertisements previously published in the New York Times are available at: http://www.americanmuslims.info/archive.asp
CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.
I might have bought this statement on Sept. 12,2001.
But after 18 months of deafening silence, my conclusion is it's CYA. WAAAAAAAAy too late.
"...Islam, Christianity, Judaism and many other faiths share the basic values necessary to create a world where tolerance and peace prevail..."
And who would take this sentence seriously without first rolling their eyeballs 180 degrees, then projectile barfing??
Only Moslems, the French, AND Democrats are capable of uttering the words "tolerance" and "peace" in the same sentence with "Islam" without gagging.
Will many in America wake up and note just who politically and ideologically align themselves with this unholy alliance?
A "profession of belief" in the Quoran (or the Bible, or any other given scripture) is manifestly (as a fact of history) compatible with a multitude of religious/cultural systems, slants and attitudes. None of these books contain any injunction that is immune from transformation and redirection by the interpretation of the individual believer or by the community of belief. The assumption that any scripture (sufficiently rich to support a durable religious tradition) woodenly dictates the characteristics and character of the religion attached to it is ahistorical and counterfactual (and stupid).
Respectfully, I think you oversimplify. Did the God of the Bible make the blanket assertion, for all time, that the Israelites (or anyone else) were to "kill the enemies of god, wherever you find them"? No. But Allah of the Koran did.
It may seem to you irrelevant for me to state that the God of the Bible ordered war to be made upon very specific Canaanite cities as the Israelites were moving in and taking over. From God's point of view, He had just spent 400 years separating for Himself a "people" by isolating them from those same Canaanites, in a very segregated condition, down in Egypt. He had revealed Himself to them and wanted to preserve them as His "peculiar treasure". It was thus necessary (if the previous 400 years were to count for something), to prevent the mixing of truth with error (especially since the error, the forbidden fruit, can often be perceived as being "more fun").
But, critics charge, how can this justify killing massive numbers of people? It never seems to occur to the critics that the Canaanites had heard of the miraculous God of the Israelites and His exploits in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness. It seems reasonable to me that such powerful reality, on the ground, should seem so irresistable as to cause one to say, "How do I join up?" Rahab, for instance, had heard, and she wisely asked to be included. But no. City and tribe after city and tribe decided to try and fight against the Israelites, and, thus, against their God.
Critics might also be prone to ask why a "pure Israel" or a "chosen people" would be necessary or even just. I hear it all the time. I sense that some modern Jews are even a little apologetic about the concept. But, as a Christian, I understand, now, that the whole point was to nurture a people, via a covenant, through which, eventually, to send God's Son, the Savior, to redeem the fallen world.
So, far from prescribing death to idolators, or summarily ordering His followers to go out and make war against all "enemies" of God, the God of the Bible intervened in history at very specific, crucial moments in order to accomplish the Redemption He set out to accomplish immediately after The Fall of Adam and Eve. There is no equivalency here, between the God of the Bible and the Allah of the Koran.
Lastly, just as the Canaanites of old would have been better off joining in worshipping the One who appeared in pillar of cloud and fire and sent bread from heaven and brought forth water from rocks, so, today, would the modern Canaanites be better joining the returned Israelites (if not in religion, then in government), whose God not only preserved them through 2000 years of being scattered, but also has preserved them through 55 years of constant siege, keeping their perfect 5-0 record unblemished. But will they ever see the light? We'll see. But if history is any indicator, the heathen will continue to rage.
Sorry for my verbosity.
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