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Local, national Muslim groups condemn bombings

Posted April 19, 2013

— Several prominent Muslim-American groups released statements Friday condemning the Boston marathon bombings as the world learned the two suspects were natives of Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim region.

The city of Boston remained on lockdown Friday afternoon while authorities conducted a massive manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in an overnight shootout with police. The brothers are believed to be responsible for two bombs that exploded Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuries more than 170.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil liberties and advocacy organization for Muslims, joined other American Muslim leaders for a noon news conference in Washington, D.C., to offer reaction to the latest information in the case.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad condemned the attack, praised law enforcement for their work and offered condolences to victims.

"While we are outraged at the terrorists, we have been inspired by the unity of Americans of all backgrounds. We are a resilient people. Now that we know the identity of the perpetrators, this unity is ever more important," Awad said.

"We will show the terrorists that their plan to sow division and distrust has failed. People of goodwill are not afraid. America will stay united. We will not turn on each other in the acts of false vengeance we have witnessed after other tragedies in the past," he said.

Following the attack, CAIR issued a call for prayers and blood donations.

The Muslim American Public Affairs Council, a statewide inter-faith group based in Raleigh, also issued a statement Friday.

The group “strongly condems terror, all sorts of violence and the barbaric attack and the killing of innocent marathon runners, civilians and our brave law enforcement personnel in Boston and everywhere.

“MAPAC and its members pray for the victims and stand in support of their families and of the law enforcement organizations in Boston and in USA.”
 

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  • NC Reader Apr 19, 7:07 p.m.

    I'm a Christian with Muslim friends. In response to the Muslim person who posted here about the open house: My church has been involved in interfaith discussions for years. We, and many other Christians, know that most Muslims are peaceful people. On the other hand, anonymous Internet posters tend to be more extreme and often angry about something.

    When I see my children's generation, I have more hope that good and kindness will prevail over extremism of any religion. Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Christian, Muslim, Jewish youth -- they are friends. My children have Muslim friends whose house they have visited. They have a Muslim teacher who is wonderful and kind.

    I won't repeat comments I posted on another thread but just to say that there are scriptural passages of both peace and murder in the sacred texts of Christianity and Islam. Which passages people choose to emphasize will determine how they live their lives.

  • Ex-Republican Apr 19, 7:07 p.m.

    I'm still waiting for Louis Farakan's denouncement of the bombing.

  • bowslinger70 Apr 19, 6:14 p.m.

    Muslims have said that they would destroy us from within--You can't possibly have any questions about that statement. It's time the Patriots in this country wake up from their nap !!

  • lwe1967 Apr 19, 5:50 p.m.

    I would like to believe these condemnations, but I do have a hard time. I just don't know.

  • 4Strikes Apr 19, 4:32 p.m.

    "No violence in the bible? Depends on which one you read I guess. I like the Book of Enoch. Too bad that one got pushed under the religion rug."

    "Go read the Old Testement and come back" Minarchist

    It's 2013, these animals pretended to be a part of this community that welcomed and accepted them. Then saw fit to place bombs amongst families with children that were there to celebrate and had no knowledge or means to protect themselves. Let's stop trying to justify vicious modern-day killers because of things that happened a couple of thousand years ago.

  • Minarchist Apr 19, 4:12 p.m.

    yeh yeh, condemn the bombing, but the propensity for violence and extremism, found in the Quran/religion still exists, as far as I can see. Look at all the places on the globe that are at war, or suffer tribal violence/terrorism, and Islam is there too. Co-incidence? I feel sorry for those muslims who are not prone to violence.
    fredk
    April 19, 2013 3:13 p.m.
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    No violence in the bible? Depends on which one you read I guess. I like the Book of Enoch. Too bad that one got pushed under the religion rug.

  • Minarchist Apr 19, 4:11 p.m.

    Too bad their Koran condones such acts repeatedly singling out Christians and Jews specifically as well as kufar or unbelievers in general.
    uragoner2
    April 19, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    Go read the Old Testement and come back.

  • uragoner2 Apr 19, 3:50 p.m.

    Too bad their Koran condones such acts repeatedly singling out Christians and Jews specifically as well as kufar or unbelievers in general.

  • I know some stuff Apr 19, 3:13 p.m.

    yeh yeh, condemn the bombing, but the propensity for violence and extremism, found in the Quran/religion still exists, as far as I can see. Look at all the places on the globe that are at war, or suffer tribal violence/terrorism, and Islam is there too. Co-incidence? I feel sorry for those muslims who are not prone to violence.

  • umop apisdn Apr 19, 3:06 p.m.

    They're more concerned about their image than the fact that these events happen.

    Open houses to mosques...or as you play down the term and call it a "religious" center is more like a recruitment drive. I'm not a muslim and will never become one. If you want to promote peace then speak up EVERY time this stuff happens not just when you're worried about your image. Don't try to get people to come to you, do something in the community.

    FWIW, I'm an atheist and even if I see a muslim on the street I treat them with the same respect I treat anyone else and it would be nice for everyone else to do the same.

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