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Nihad Awad's One Step Up and Two Steps Back
On Tuesday, we noted that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)'s condemnation of the Nairobi mall massacre omitted any reference to al-Shabaab and its radical Islamist ideology. Numerous reports indicate that Al-Shabaab gunmen separated Muslims from the rest, allowing the Muslims to go free and live, before slaughtering everyone else in their path.
It would be simple to acknowledge the terrorists' religious motivation, recognize that radical Islam is a challenge for Muslims to confront, and perhaps offer specific theological counter-arguments. Sunday evening, CAIR Executive Director Awad took a step in that direction, writing "The killing of civilians in Kenya and describing them as 'infidels' as well as the attack on the church in Pakistan is a brutal assault on souls which God has forbidden and is a crime against our sacred religion."
But minutes later, Awad turned logic on its head, comparing the al-Shabaab terrorists with "Islamophobes," or those whose views CAIR doesn't like.
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