Violent Reaction has no place in Islam:
As long as Islam
is concerned it has nothing to do with violence or any kind of
terrorist activities and it has been reiterated ample number of
times. The Holy Quran clearly declares that killing an innocent
person is equivalent to killing the whole humanity. Then how can
anyone term Islam as the religion that promote or encourage violence...
Islam not synonymous with terrorism: Shabana
D.C.: The Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) announced today that a high
school in that state has dropped an anti-Islam video listed for use
in one of its classes.
Earlier this month, CAIR-PA sent a
letter to the superintendent of the Council Rock School District
expressing concerns about a hate-filled video, “Obsession: Radical
Islam’s War Against the West,” listed in the syllabus of a course at
Council Rock High School in Newtown, Penn.
In her letter, CAIR-PA Director of
Civil Rights Marwa El-Turky wrote in part:
“’Obsession’ is a vehicle for
promoting anti-Muslim bigotry that seeks to blur the distinction
between violent extremism and mainstream Islam. The use of such an
inaccurate and inflammatory film in a world history class would
inevitably result in both the promotion of stereotypes and the
creation of a hostile learning environment for Muslim students.
“The hate-filled agenda promoted by
the film has been repudiated by the Hate Hurts America Multifaith
Community Coalition (HHA), a group of religious and civic
organizations seeking to challenge hate speech in our society…Those
interviewed in Obsession constitute a veritable who’s who of
“…this film is obviously not suitable
teaching material for a captive audience of impressionable youth. We
therefore respectfully ask that ‘Obsession: Radical Islam's War
Against the West’ be dropped from the curriculum and that
representatives of the local Muslim community be invited to offer
balanced and accurate information about Islam and the American
In his response to CAIR-PA’s concerns,
Superintendent of Schools Mark J. Klein noted that the course was
eliminated from the curriculum for the 2008-2009 school year and
that, “Along with the elimination of this course, we will represent
to you that this film will not be used in any other course in
“We appreciate the school district’s
prompt and appropriate response and hope that any future courses
touching on Islam will use accurate and balanced educational
materials,” said El-Turky.
She noted that a high school in
Kentucky was recently involved in a controversy over a similarly
anti-Islam video shown in a classroom. The producer of that video,
an extremist Dutch politician, recently called for a "head rags tax"
on Muslim women who choose to wear Islamic scarves.