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Council on American-Islamic Relations Silence is Deafening on the Rushdie Attack

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Fairview  NJ, according to his agent, author Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery,” . Rushdie has been subject to a fatwa calling for his death since 1989 in response to his novel, The Satanic Verses, which Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called an insult against Islam.

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Part of its mission is “to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America,” CAIR’s website says. That work apparently does not include speaking out against violence specifically inspired, and sometimes planned, by the Islamic Republic of Iran. It couldn’t even go so far as to wish Rushdie a full and speedy recovery.

When asked for comment by a reporter Friday, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper did not even mention Rushdie’s name. Instead, he offered a generic statement, which he also posted on social media: “American Muslims, like all Americans, condemn any violence targeting anyone in our society,” said @CAIRNational’s Ibrahim Hooper. “That goes without saying. We will have to monitor the situation and see what facts come to light.”

Had a reporter not called, it’s not clear that CAIR would have said anything at all , which is in stark contrast to CAIR’s full-court press after Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi Arabian agents inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

2 thoughts on “Council on American-Islamic Relations Silence is Deafening on the Rushdie Attack

  1. The ignorance of Americans about other cultures sometimes astonishes me. Fatwa (do your google research) to kill Rushdi was issued in 1989 by Khomeini and Co. The guy just carried out the execution ordered by their law. The Concil can not condemn the deed because it was done by Islamic law. “Religion of peace and tolerance” as many of us know first hand.

  2. Now if the attacker was a White Christian Male…. then hysterical outrage would ensue.

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