CAIR’s Nihad panties-in-Awad welcomes President’s Remarks on Islam at U.N. General Assembly.
CAIR Press Release (WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/24/14) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today praised President Obama’s remarks about Islam and Muslims in his address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
“CAIR welcomes the president’s remarks recognizing that we are not at war with Islam and that Muslims are a vital part of American society,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We thank the president for acknowledging the efforts of Muslims worldwide who are seeking peace and justice.”
In his remarks, the president said in part:
“[W]e have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace. Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice. And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country. . .
“The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: ‘We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.’ Look at the young British Muslims, who responded to terrorist propaganda by starting the ‘notinmyname’ campaign, declaring ‘ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.’ Look at the Christian and Muslim leaders who came together in the Central African Republic to reject violence listen to the Imam who said, ‘Politics try to divide the religious in our country, but religion shouldn’t be a cause of hate, war, or strife.'”