Attention Peter King: Muslim American Orgs Welcomed Bin Laden's Death

May 04, 2011 9:02 am ET — Matt Gertz & Brian Powell

According to Politico, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) does not plan to let the killing of Osama bin Laden get in the way of his already-discredited hearings into the supposed radicalization of American Muslims: 

House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) seems even more determined to continue his hearings exploring the radicalization of American Muslims, telling POLITICO that it "reinforces" his push to continue with the controversial inquiries and "to make sure that we are preventing an attack in this country, and that means putting aside political correctness."

King may be surprised to discover that American Muslim organizations, leaders, and the community itself — including ones King himself has previously condemned as radical — are lining up to condemn bin Laden and praise his killing:

Islamic Circle Of North America: Death Of Bin Laden Is A "Significant Turning Point" In The War On Terror. In a press release, ICNA stated:

Osama bin Laden posed a serious threat to the security of America and the world, and the removal of this threat is a significant turning point in the post-9/11 global War on Terror. 

Our thoughts are first and foremost with the families of those killed on 9/11 and the countless innocent men, women and children who have died in the ensuing wars. We pray this news brings closure to these families and ultimately ushers in a new chapter of peace and understanding in America's history. [ICNA.org, 5/2/11]

American Society For Muslim Advancement: We "Hope That The Demise Of This Global Terrorist Will Usher In An Era Of Peace And Tranquility For Us All." In a press release, ASMA stated:

We are grateful to President Obama and all others who were instrumental in the demise of a global terrorist who created unbelievable tragedy here in the United States and around the world. [...]

The attack on the twin towers was carried out in the name of religion and was an affront on the human condition. As president Obama reminded us, this terrorist was not a Muslim leader and did not represent Islam. He caused many to question the fundamental core beliefs we hold dear: love of one's fellow neighbor, respect for others' ways of life, and mutual dialogue and understanding. [...]

Today, we stand with these same voices and hope that the demise of this global terrorist will usher in an era of peace and tranquility for us all. [ASMAsociety.org, 5/2/11]

Muslim Public Affairs Council President: Bin Laden And Al-Qaeda "Violated The Sacred Islamic Teachings Upholding The Sanctity Of All Human Life." In a press release, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati said:

"We hope this is a turning point away from the dark period of the last decade, in which bin Laden symbolized the evil face of global terrorism," said MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati. "His actions and those of Al-Qaeda have violated the sacred Islamic teachings upholding the sanctity of all human life. His acts of senseless terror have been met with moral outrage by Muslims worldwide at every turn in the past decade." [MPAC.org, 5/1/11]

Park 51 Imam: Bin Laden's Death Can Bring "Closure And Healing Around 9/11." The Associated Press reported:

The Muslim leader behind plans for a controversial mosque near the World Trade Center site is praising President Barack Obama after the death of Osama bin Laden.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (rah-OOF') said Monday that Obama's actions help support "people in the Arab world who are also fighting against terrorism by their own rulers."

Rauf said bin Laden's death can bring "closure and healing around 9/11." [Associated Press, 5/2/11]

Council On American-Islamic Relations Welcomes Bin Laden's Death. From a statement issued by CAIR:

We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel. As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam. In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and Al Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide. We also reiterate President Obama's clear statement tonight that the United States is not at war with Islam. [CAIR.com, accessed 5/3/11]

Dearborn, MI Arab-American Population Celebrated Death Of Bin Laden. The Detroit Free Press reported:

The death of the world's most wanted terrorist led to scenes of jubilation in Dearborn early Monday morning: Drivers honked horns, beaming Arab-American men waved U.S. flags at City Hall, and loud fireworks crackled in a city known for its Muslim community.

And now, Arab Americans and Muslims in metro Detroit are hoping that the death of Osama bin Laden might lead to changes in how they're perceived and treated. [Detroit Free Press5/3/11]

Islamic Society of North America Thanks President Obama For Bringing Bin Laden "To Justice." In a press release, ISNA stated:

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) joins all Americans in thanking President Obama for fulfilling his promise to bring Osama Bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, and perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks, to justice.
 
We hope his death will bring some relief to all the families, of every faith and walk of life, who lost loved ones on 9/11 and in every other terrorist attack orchestrated at the hands of Osama Bin Laden.  
 
Over the past decade, ISNA has stood firm on our stance that ISNA and Muslims in America condemn the actions of Bin Laden on 9/11 and all acts of terror at the hands of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and all others who spread fear and hate through violence.  We have repeatedly condemned the calls of Bin Laden and others like him for mass bloodshed and the attacking of innocent lives across the world. [ISNA.net, 5/2/11]

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