Moderate Muslim Watch: CAIR: U.S. Muslim Group to React to New Charlie Hebdo Cover

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/13/15) — On Wednesday, January 14, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a media availability at the Muslim civil rights organization’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to offer reaction to the publication Wednesday of Charlie Hebdo magazine in France featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover.

“Just as Charlie Hebdo has the right to publish, we have the right to peacefully challenge negative portrayals of our religious figures,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The answer to speech one disagrees with should not be violence, but should instead be more speech promoting tolerance and mutual understanding.”

Awad noted that the issue is not about religion, because Islam protects freedom of speech and respectful interactions with others, even when there is disagreement…

…Awad noted that after years of being insulted, defamed, attacked, mistreated, and having his followers tortured and killed by the people of Mecca, the Prophet Muhammad returned victorious to that city and forgave its people, then said, “Go your way, for you are all free”…

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