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CAIR Condemns 'Disgraceful' Killings of American Diplomats
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the "disgraceful" killings of American diplomats in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to control the political and religious discourse worldwide.
CAIR, a Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, made that statement at a noon news conference today on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at which representatives of CAIR and other Muslim organizations* condemned both the killings of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats in that nation and the attack on the American embassy in Egypt.
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[*NOTE: Other organizations represented at the news conference included the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society - Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (MAS-PACE), the Council of Muslim Organizations of the Greater Washington, D.C., Area (CMO), the Libyan Emergency Task Force, and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.]
In his prepared statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
CAIR yesterday called on Muslims in the Middle East to ignore the distribution of the "trashy" anti-Islam film, clips of which are circulating online, that resulted in the attacks in Libya and Egypt.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
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