ANTI-TERROR TV ADS TO AIR IN MINNESOTA
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/23/06) - Beginning Wednesday, October 25, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will air its “Not in the Name of Islam” anti-terror television advertisement on cable networks in Minnesota, including during a Monday night Vikings football game.
CAIR’s 30-second spot features American Muslims stating: “We often hear claims Muslims don’t condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone of any faith - who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It’s about peace and justice.”
View CAIR’s ad at: http://www.cair.com/video/psa.rm
The ad campaign grew out of CAIR’s “Not in the Name of Islam” online petition, signed by hundreds of thousands of Muslims worldwide, designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.
SEE: CAIR Launches ‘Not in the Name of Islam’ Petition Drive http://www.cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1071&theType=NR
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group says it is airing the spots in Minnesota to counter anti-Muslim stereotyping in that state’s Fifth Congressional District race. (CAIR is a non-partisan group that does not endorse political candidates.)
SEE: Reject the Political Muslim-Bashing Smears (Star Tribune)
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.