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Islamic Advocacy Group Attempts to Counter Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
voanews ^ | March 7, 2003

Posted on 03/07/2003 3:55:19 PM PST by Indy Pendance

An Islamic advocacy group has launched an advertising campaign in the United States to counter what it says is a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric. Organizers say the effort is designed to present an accurate picture of Islam.

When many Americans see Islam portrayed in news reports it is often linked to extremism and terrorism, such as the latest tape from Osama bin Laden or suicide bombings in Israel.

This negative news coverage has prompted the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations - or CAIR - to begin a year-long media campaign called "Islam in America."

The communications director for the council, Ibrahim Hooper, says he hopes the ad campaign will help reverse the negative image some Americans have of the Muslim faith. "Well that is one of the main factors that led us to do the campaign, was defining Islam," he said. "So often Islam is defined by extremists on both sides. Both on the right-wing and evangelical circles and from Muslim extremists. So we need to define that Muslim center to take it out of the hands of both of these sets of extremists and that is what we are trying to do here."

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Nihad Awad

The council's executive director, Nihad Awad, is a Palestinian born in Amman, Jordan who is now a U.S. citizen.

Mr. Awad says the campaign began after the organization received tens of thousands of requests from Americans seeking information about Muslims. "Islam is becoming, more and more, an issue of interest to average Americans," said Nihad Awad. "All what they see from Muslims and Islam is the headline news and most of this news is negative news. So we would like just to share with them the real news, that we live everyday, that millions of American Muslims and millions of Muslims around the world live the teachings of this religion and never came close to violence or terrorism."

The "Islam in America" ads are running each Sunday in the New York Times newspaper and are being distributed to Muslim communities throughout America for placement in local media.

<b>CAIR ad</b>

CAIR ad

The first ad shows pictures of an African-American girl, a man of Asian descent and another man of European heritage. The headline asks "which one of us is Muslim?" The response: "We all are, we're American Muslims."

The second ad features a group of Muslim Girl Scouts from California while a third shows a woman wearing a traditional scarf (hijab) who earned a Masters degree from a prestigious university and works as a researcher for an international corporation.

Ibrahim Hooper says the campaign is designed to show that Muslims are everyday Americans. "Well we are trying to show that American Muslims are ordinary people," he said. "They are doctors, students, mothers, bus drivers, the checkout person at a grocery store might be a Muslim nowadays and that the vast majority of Muslims will live and die throughout history and never come close to an act of political violence or instability. That is the reality of the Muslim experience that we portray. That people are just going about their ordinary, their normal lives doing ordinary things like anybody else."

The council's executive director, Nihad Awad, sees the "Islam in America" ads as showing the strengths brought on by the mosaic of backgrounds and religions of people in the United States. "I have seen even during the Gulf War great solidarity with Arab Americans and Muslims," he said. "That is when America delivers. That is when the diversity and the plurality of our society proves itself, genuine, open minded and receptive to others. Even after September 11th, although there were some attacks and backlash against Muslims and Arabs in the country, we have seen a great many examples of solidarity, comfort and respect among the major sectors of society."

Mr. Awad says a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq could significantly raise tensions in America and that could have an impact on the country's estimated seven million Muslims.

Mr. Awad says, however, he hopes the ad campaign will help Americans better understand one of the fastest growing religions in the United States.


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1 posted on 03/07/2003 3:55:20 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
The Mid East Mystery

Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.

Lets see now...

No beer, No booze, No bars, No television, No cheerleaders, No baseball, No football, No basketball, No hockey, and No tailgate parties No pork BBQ, No hot-dogs, No burgers, No lobster, No shellfish, or even frozen fish sticks.

Rags For clothes, towels for hats. Constant wailing from the guy next door because he is sick and there are no doctors. 24 hour wailing from a guy in the tower.

You can't shave. Your wife can't shave. You can't shower to wash off the smell of donkey cooked over burning camel dung.

The women have to wear baggy dresses, and veils at all times. Your bride is picked by someone else. She smells just like your donkey, but your donkey has a better disposition.

Then they tell you it all gets better when you die.

NO MYSTERY HERE
2 posted on 03/07/2003 3:56:15 PM PST by b4its2late (If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten.)
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To: Indy Pendance
I would like them to point out one instance of "anti-Muslim rhetoric." I imagine that they consider, for example, showing images of 9 11 to be anti-Muslim.
3 posted on 03/07/2003 3:57:17 PM PST by gg188
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To: Indy Pendance
CAIR? Awad? They support HAMAS and HIzbullah.....Some advocacy group. Next on the Terror Group list......
4 posted on 03/07/2003 3:57:58 PM PST by habaes corpussel
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To: Sabertooth; Fred Mertz; Jael
ping
5 posted on 03/07/2003 3:59:24 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: b4its2late
When many Americans see Islam portrayed in news reports it is often linked to extremism and terrorism, such as the latest tape from Osama bin Laden or suicide bombings in Israel.

I have noticed that. And you know what else? Most articles about baseball relate to pitching and/or hitting. Stories about Tiger Woods are often linked to golf. Most,if not all, the stories I have read about Vikings include ships and raiding parties. Go figure.

6 posted on 03/07/2003 4:03:05 PM PST by San Jacinto (Permission?... We don't need no stinking permission.)
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To: Indy Pendance
"So often Islam is defined by extremists on both sides. Both on the right-wing and evangelical circles and from Muslim extremists. So we need to define that Muslim center to take it out of the hands of both of these sets of extremists and that is what we are trying to do here."

Let's pony up some bucks and have O'Riley wave a big prop check in his face and challenge him to place the ad on Al-Jazerra, any paper in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Qatar, etc. We need to reach the "extremists on both sides", right, Ibrahim?

7 posted on 03/07/2003 4:04:16 PM PST by jiggyboy
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To: San Jacinto
Sorry, you're not exactly right about the Vikings, sometimes they play football ;)
8 posted on 03/07/2003 4:04:17 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: b4its2late
If this "advocacy group" really wants to improve Islam's image, then they should be telling all Muslims to start turning in the radicals in their midst who are preaching hatred of Jews and Americans and calling for Jihad in their mosques.

As long as those followers of this so-called "Religion of Peace" coddle those monsters, then they have chosen their side...and it's not with us.

Bottom line: the Muslims CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

This article pretty much says it all.

-Jay

9 posted on 03/07/2003 4:08:43 PM PST by Jay D. Dyson (I have no sense of diplomacy. I consider that a character asset.)
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To: Indy Pendance
Ibrahim Hooper says the campaign is designed to show that Muslims are everyday Americans. "Well we are trying to show that American Muslims are ordinary people," he said. "They are doctors, students, mothers, bus drivers, the checkout person at a grocery store might be a Muslim nowadays and that the vast majority of Muslims will live and die throughout history and never come close to an act of political violence or instability.

Hooper continued, "And each of them thru contributions made at mosques scattered throughout America, contribute money to the Muslim outreach efforts led by Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Queda, and numerous other organizations designed to help infidels choose between death and conversion to Islam."

10 posted on 03/07/2003 4:10:13 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Indy Pendance
Islamism is the invocation, advocacy and/or actuation of jihad to impose sharia, or Islamic law, on the infidel by force.

Islamism is utterly incompatable with Western civilization.

Any American adherent of Islamism should be arrested and held indefinitely as an enemy combatant.

11 posted on 03/07/2003 4:10:43 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Indy Pendance
When many Americans see Islam portrayed in news reports it is often linked to extremism and terrorism, such as the latest tape from Osama bin Laden or suicide bombings in Israel.

Or the dozens of posters scattered throughout Iraq of Saddam Insane waving a rifle?

Cool.
Let the sandmaggots spend tens of millions of dollars trying to persuade us not to believe our own eyes and ears.

ROTFLMAO!

12 posted on 03/07/2003 4:21:06 PM PST by Publius6961 (p>)
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To: Indy Pendance
Rhetoric? All you have to do is read the Koran to figure out Islam is a religion intended to be spread by the sword. World history confirms that is exactly what has happened. Peaceful religion? Bull!
13 posted on 03/07/2003 4:21:09 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: b4its2late
"The terror of the goats", a new soon to be released film...
14 posted on 03/07/2003 4:22:08 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: sheik yerbouty
"The terror of the goats", a new soon to be released film...

Shouldn't that be The Silence of the Goats?"

15 posted on 03/07/2003 4:26:11 PM PST by Publius6961 (p>)
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To: Indy Pendance
I think CAIR has a perfect right to run this ad campaign, but I'd love to see someone ask Nihad Awad on television what he honestly thinks would happen to anyone who tried to run an ad campaign pushing Christianity in any Muslim country in the world.
16 posted on 03/07/2003 4:31:31 PM PST by solzhenitsyn ("Live Not By Lies")
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To: solzhenitsyn
That's the difference between freedom and liberty and totalitarism.....
17 posted on 03/07/2003 4:44:59 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
Speaking strictly as an infidel, I don't care to trust cair. The Muslims feel lying to an infidel is not only OK, it is encouraged and part of their teachings.
18 posted on 03/07/2003 4:48:50 PM PST by umgud (War determines who is left, not who is right)
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To: solzhenitsyn
I think CAIR has a perfect right to run this ad campaign, but I'd love to see someone ask Nihad Awad on television what he honestly thinks would happen to anyone who tried to run an ad campaign pushing Christianity in any Muslim country in the world.

Couldn't have said it any better.

19 posted on 03/07/2003 4:50:07 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: YankeeReb
Wasn't it CAIR who was telling muslims not to cooperate with the FBI right after 9/11? It seems to me like a case of "your actions talk so loud I can't hear what you're saying."
20 posted on 03/07/2003 5:08:15 PM PST by winner3000
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