ISNA condemns in the strongest terms and is outraged by the recent barbaric attack which claimed the lives of fifty-eight innocent worshipers and wounded seventy-five others at the Sayidat al-Nejat Catholic Church in Iraq this past Sunday. ISNA urges the world-wide community to pray for the lives of those lost, injured, and affected by these attacks and urges the Iraqi authorities to diligently protect places of worship and ensure that people of all faiths are safe to pray in Iraq.
"ISNA believes in the rights of all people to worship freely without fear of intimidation or violence" said Imam Mohamed Magid, ISNA president. "The level of violence in this incident only heightens our responsibility to speak out against religious intolerance and hatred." He added. ISNA supports religious freedom in words and actions. In the past, the ADAMS center, an affiliate of ISNA and where Imam Magid serves as an executive director, raised funds to rebuild churches that were destroyed by extremists in Pakistan.
"Not long ago our partners in interfaith, from the Catholic community, stood with us here in America to condemn religious intolerance against Muslim places of worship; today, we stand with them as they grieve the loss of their fellow Catholics and reiterate our commitment to the right of their community to worship freely in Iraq" Said Dr Sayyid Syeed, ISNA National Director for interfaith and community alliances.
The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that has ties to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for these horrific attacks. The majority of the attacks and killings carried out by this group in the past have been against Mosques that do not agree with their violent ideology.
ISNA will continue to work with its interfaith partners to promote justice, peace and tolerance and stand against unlawful actions such as those perpetrated by religious extremists last Sunday.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Islamic Society of North America Issues Token Press Release Condemning Murders of Iraqi Christians
A few days ago, when I posted news about the brutal murders of dozens of Christians in Iraq, I mentioned that I was waiting for the standard token press release by ISNA (i.e. one of the press releases that say "We condemn violence" without ever dealing with the reason for the violence, namely, Muhammad's teachings). Well, here it is.