Taking A Stand: NYC Rabbi, Imam Unite

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    Visible Leaders Shamsi Ali, Marc Schneier Come Together At 96th Street Mosque To Denounce Terrorism

    As we saw after Sept. 11, 2001, the invisible victims of Islamic terrorism are other Muslims, millions of people who are horrified by the thought that some of their own could turn the words of the Quran into a justification for murder.

    On Thursday, some of them took a stand against terrorism.

    At the 96th Street mosque, there was something you don't see everyday – a rabbi and an imam embracing, and then standing together in unity.

    "These intended evils must be condemned, and I'm here to condemn it," said Imam Shamsi Ali of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York.

    "Any attack on a Jewish religious institution is an attack on any and every religious institution," said Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding.

    It was Imam Ali who suggested the joint statement of condemnation. He said the very word "jihad" has been perverted.

    "Life in Islam is so sacred, and any individual taking lives is basically taking the lives of all human beings as the holy Quran mentions," Ali said.

    No one knows for certain how many Muslims live in America. The United States census doesn't collect data on religious identification, but estimates range from 1 to 8 million.

    But a study by Columbia University puts the number of Muslims in New York City at 600,000, many of whom live and work in neighborhoods like one in Brooklyn along Atlantic Avenue.

    And whenever something like this happens, the thousands of good, law-abiding, patriotic Muslims worry that once again, the stereotype of a violent Islam is once again being perpetuated.

    "We do feel that the coupling of religion and terror in terminology does provide a negative image of the Muslim-American community," said Aliya Latif of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

    According to the Pew Research Center, fully a third of all Muslims in this country are African-Americans who, like some of the bomb-plot suspects, converted to Islam either in prison or in their urban neighborhoods. But just because they share a religion with the bomb plotters, they said, does not mean they share their violent beliefs.

    Taking A Stand: NYC Rabbi, Imam Unite - wcbstv.com
     
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    about time muslim leaders started speaking out against terrorism.
     
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    For once, Jillian, I completely agree with you.
     
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    hey, way to leap into the fucking fray without your zionist pessimism, guys! good job!

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    was there another point the article was trying to make? i don't think so.

    and mark schneier is a very nice man.

    but if your point wasn't to laud an imam for standing up against his extremists' terrorist acts, what was? and too bad if zionist is a dirty word to you... kiss my jew butt.
     
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    No offense to Jillian, but she's about as Zionist as you are Jewish.
     
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    It's a start.
     
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    If zionist means one believes in a jewish state in israel... then i'm guilty. if it means i have to think it justifies every possible hatred, i think you make us look bad. no offense.
     
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    no, what is too bad is that you can't detect the inherent racism in the concept of zionism.


    But, do you think it's really shocking that the sum total of your interest lies in talking shit about muslims? It's really not.
     
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    riiiight... Then I invite you to ask her to admit that she wants to see as much democratic equality, despite ethnicity, in israel as you both enjoy here in an actual western nation. Do you think it's a mystery why THIS kind of interaction can happen HERE IN THE US instead of a zionist israel?
     

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