Slideshow by Adam Johnson
Similarly, the condemnation of yesterday’s barbaric terrorist attack in Paris has been global and immediate. Here’s a sampling of condemnation which came within hours of the attack:
- The Union of Islamic Organizations of France responded on its website, writing: “The UOIF condemns in the strongest terms this criminal attack, and these horrible murders. The UOIF expresses its deepest condolences to the families and all the employees of Charlie Weekly.”
- Hassen Chalghoumi, imam of the Drancy mosque in Paris’s Seine-Saint-Denis suburb, spoke with France’s BFM TV and condemned the attackers, saying, “Their barbarism has nothing to do with Islam.” “I am extremely angry,” Chalghoumi said. “These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their soul to hell. This is not freedom. This is not Islam and I hope the French will come out united at the end of this.”
- The Grand Mosque of Paris, one of the largest in France, issued a statement on its website shortly after the attacks, saying its community was “shocked” and “horrified” by the violence.
Rabbi Marc Schneier notes in the Washington Post this week that the moderate Muslim majority is speaking out against the extremists … but “we’re just not listening.”
Father Elias Mallon of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association remarks:
“Why aren’t Muslims speaking out against these atrocities?” The answer is: Muslims have been speaking out in the strongest terms, condemning the crimes against humanity committed by [extremists] in the name of Islam.
And see this.