"Jim Sues, executive director of the council’s chapter in New Jersey, said he’d like to see the original news reports on the “thousands” of Jersey City celebrants that Trump mentioned.
“Is there any documentation on that?” Sues said. “I don’t remember seeing that."Read more
The country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization on Thursday condemned the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, while at the same time urging Americans to not jump to conclusions that the attack was the result of radical Islamic terrorism.
Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, spoke at the Islamic Center of Jersey City, where he was joined by more than two dozen New Jersey Muslims, interfaith leaders and local politicians. The group had initially gathered to denounce Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s repeated claims that Muslims in the state celebrated the 9/11 terror attacks.
Nadia Kahf, the chairwoman of CAIR-NJ, skewered what she called unfair coverage of the suspected shooters’ religion, including the New York Post’s cover with the headline “MUSLIM KILLERS.” Only when suspected mass shooters are Muslim, she suggested, is religion such a core part of the story.