Yesterday when they thought the guy was dead, they offered a condemnation. Last night – perhaps after learning the perp was still wasting oxygen – we got half an obligatory-sounding condemnation and half a diatribe about horrible racist non-Muslims who might believe the guy’s religion was not a coincidence.
“We reiterate the American Muslim community’s condemnation of this cowardly attack. Right now, we call on all Americans to assist those who are responding to this atrocity. We must ensure that the wounded are treated and the families of those who were murdered have an opportunity to mourn.
“No political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence. The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted our nation’s all-volunteer army that includes thousands of Muslims in all services. We again offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims and sincere condolences for the families of those killed or injured.
“The motive of the attacker is not yet known. We urge all Americans to remain calm in reaction to this tragic event and to demonstrate once again what is best about America –- our nation’s ability to remain unified even in times of crisis. We urge national political and religious leaders and media professionals to set a tone of calm and unity.
“Unfortunately, based on past experience, we also urge American Muslims, and those who may be perceived to be Muslim, to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves, their families and their religious institutions from possible backlash.
“We ask that individuals and institutions review advice on security procedures contained in CAIR’s ‘Muslim Community Safety Kit,’ which is available online at www.cair.com.”
In case you’re wondering, here’s the intro to the Muslim Community Safety Kit:
Dear imam, activist, community leader, brother or sister: As-salaamu alaykum. Peace be to you.
This “Muslim Community Safety Kit” has been developed to better equip you and your community with the knowledge necessary to protect against anti-Muslim or anti-Arab bigotry or attacks, and to secure your basic legal rights. In times of difficulty, we ask people to depend on God the Almighty, with sincere prayers, especially for those who are suffering.
How to use this resource kit:
- Read this kit carefully
- Circulate it to your friends and family
- Photocopy relevant portions and post in your local mosque, Islamic center or organization
- Contact CAIR if you have any questions or if you do not understand any part of this kit