Sunday, November 23, 2008

Muslim Americans Denounce Al-Zawahiri Insult To Obama

Directly contradicting the stereotype of Muslim-Americans as a disloyal fifth column, U.S. Islamic leaders denounced the offensive and absurd attack by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda's second-in-command, against President-Elect Barack Obama. Al-Zawahiri, in the English translation, referred to Obama and Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as "house slaves."

Imams from the African-American Muslim community in New York called the comments ""an insult" from those who have "historically been disconnected from the African-American community generally and Muslim African-Americans in particular. We find it insulting when anyone speaks for our community instead of giving us the dignity and the honor of speaking for ourselves."

The Council on American Islamic relations also issued a statement that said, in part, "As Muslims and as Americans, we will never let terrorist groups or terror leaders falsely claim to represent us or our faith. We once again repudiate al Qaeda's actions, rhetoric and world view and re-state our condemnation of all forms of terrorism and religious extremism." 

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