June 17, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)



(Coral Springs, FL) On Wednesday, June 15th, a Buddhist man was found beheaded in the majority Muslim province of Pattani in Southern Thailand. This is the area's fifth decapitation in just 18 months. In that time frame, hundreds of others have been murdered as well. Next to the head was a note that stated, "You arrested an innocent man. I will get two lives in return." The note was in reference to a young Muslim student leader, Mahazee Boonthon, who was taken into custody by authorities on charges of murder.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch noted on his site the connection between the beheading incident and a passage in the Quran (Surah 47:4). The passage begins, "Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks…" This wording would seem to suggest a religious connotation to these types of murders.

Upon opening up the version of the Quran, entitled 'The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN,' one finds little room for debate. Expounding on the offending passage with his commentary at the bottom of the page, translator Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes, "When once the fight (Jihad) is entered upon, carry it out with the utmost vigour, and strike home your blows at the most vital points (smite at their necks), both literally and figuratively. You cannot wage war with kid gloves."

Recently, the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR has taken on the task of giving out free copies of 'The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN' through its national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Previously, CAIR was selling the book as part of a package to libraries across America. It is important to note that this particular version of the Quran has been banned by the Los Angeles school system for various other commentaries found within it that have been deemed highly anti-Semitic in nature.

Americans Against Hate (AAH), the organization that broke the story about CAIR distributing the banned Quran, questions if CAIR's book giveaway program, 'EXPLORE THE QURAN,' is contributing to the violence that various Islamic groups around the globe have been perpetuating.

Joe Kaufman, AAH Chairman, stated, "'The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN,' with its numerous violent and hate-filled commentaries, should not be made readily available to those that are easily influenced, such as children and young adults. By giving out this book, CAIR could be indirectly responsible for future violence that occurs both here and overseas."

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: joe4rep@gate.net.


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