(Washington, DC, 5/18/2005) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for people of conscience to support a resolution that "recognizes that the Qur'an as any other holy book of any religion, should be treated with dignity and respect." To be introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the resolution also "condemns bigotry and intolerance against any religious group, including our friends, neighbors and citizens of the Islamic faith." "This resolution expresses America's respect for the holy texts of all faiths. If passed, it will also reiterate our nation's condemnation of bigoted behavior and religious intolerance," said Corey Saylor, CAIR's government affairs director.
"It's a winner on every front." Saylor also noted that while Newsweek has retracted its piece asserting that U.S. interrogators threw a Quran in a toilet, former Guantanamo detainees, as well as former detainees in Afghanistan, have made similar allegations in other media reports. A resolution of this type does not have the force of law; however, it is the expression of the opinion of the U.S. House of Representatives. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 31 offices nationwide and in Canada.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: Contact your Representative in the U.S. House (not your Senators) and ask him or her to sign-on to the Conyers' resolution condemning bigotry and religious intolerance. (No number has been assigned to the resolution at the time of this release.)
1) Tell them the allegations of Quran desecration, now withdrawn by Newsweek, hurt America's image overseas. Strong support for this resolution will demonstrate America's intolerance of bigotry and disrespect toward any religious group.