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CAIR Warns the Media

CAIR’s statement on the Fort Dix Six (emphasis mine):

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/8/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded efforts by federal law enforcement authorities that apparently thwarted a planned attack on Fort Dix in New Jersey.
In a statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said:
“Based on the information gathered in this case, it seems clear that a potentially deadly attack has been averted. We applaud the FBI for its efforts and repeat the American Muslim community’s condemnation and repudiation of all those who would plan or carry out acts of terror while falsely claiming their actions have religious justification.
“We continue to urge American Muslims to be vigilant in reporting any suspected criminal activities that could harm the safety and security of our nation.”
CAIR also requested that media outlets and public officials refrain from linking this case to the faith of Islam. The council asked mosques and Islamic institutions in New Jersey and nationwide to report any incidents of anti-Muslim backlash.
Along with innumerable condemnations of terror, CAIR has in the past launched an online petition drive called “Not in the Name of Islam,” initiated a television public service announcement campaign of that same name and coordinated a “fatwa,” or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and religious extremism.

Except, of course, if media outlets and public officials did refrain from linking this case to the faith of Isalm then that would be a lie.

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