Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 3:44:30 pm
Muslim group applauds NYPD for arrest in Quran desecration case
NEW YORK, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today applauded the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Hate Crimes Task Force for working to charge a Brooklyn resident who allegedly desecrated Qurans, Islam’s revealed text, at Manhattan’s Pace University.
“We commend the NYPD for its appropriate handling of this case,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Coordinator Aliya Latif. “We must all be concerned when any actions cross the line from protected free speech to acts designed to intimidate. Just as there is a difference between someone burning a cross in their own backyard and burning that same cross in the yard of an African- American family, there is a difference between desecrating a religious text in a private setting and doing so in a setting that will create a hostile learning environment.” ...
Latif said CAIR-NY will continue to work with Pace’s MSA and the Association of Muslim American Lawyers (AMAL) to promote tolerance on the Pace campus.
Robert Spencer comments:
CAIR announced no plans at Pace or elsewhere to establish any programs among Muslims to teach against the jihad ideology and thus do their part to diminish any “hostile learning environment” that the Qur’an-flushing may have created. Nor did they say anything about the “hostile learning environment” that may have been created by the relentless barrage of Islamic jihad terror attacks, all perpetrated in the name of Islam, and the tepid, mealy-mouthed, and responsibility-evading response of Muslim groups in America and elsewhere.