July 7, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (joe4rep@gate.net)

CAIR TO GIVE OUT BANNED QURAN AT SAN FRAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

AAH CALLS ON SAN FRANCISCO TO FOLLOW LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS IN BANNING CAIR'S VERSION OF QURAN

(Coral Springs, FL) On Sunday, July 10th, the San Francisco Bay Area offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Community Association (MCA) are planning on holding a Quran giveaway at the MCA Community Hall in Santa Clara.

The event has been advertised as being a part of CAIR's 'EXPLORE THE QURAN' program. The program, which started back in May, is a matter of controversy in that the version of the Qurans that are being offered - 'The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN' - had previously been pulled from all of the libraries of the Los Angeles public school system for containing numerous anti-Semitic commentaries. Some quotes from the text include:

  • "The Jews wanted to keep back knowledge, but what knowledge had they?" (84)
  • "The Jews in their arrogance claimed that all wisdom and all knowledge of Allah were enclosed in their hearts… Their claim was not only arrogance but blasphemy." (92)
  • "Racial arrogance made the Jews adverse to the reception of the Truth when it came through a servant of Allah, not of their own race." (95)
  • "A trick of the Jews was to twist words and expressions, so as to ridicule the most solemn teachings of Faith." (565)
  • "…there is a catalogue of the iniquities of which the Jews were guilty, and for these iniquities we must understand some such words as: 'They are under divine displeasure.'" (659)
  • "The Jews blaspheme and mock, and because of their jealousy, the more they are taught, the more obstinate they become in their rebellion… Their selfishness and spite sow quarrels among themselves, which will not be healed till the Day of Judgment." (775)

One of the organizers of the event, MCA Outreach Director Dian Alyan, in an article she had written in January of 2005 for one of MCA's newsletters, said the following: "We are launching a new project to influence what Islamic books should be carried in the public library and mainstream bookstores."

Reacting to Alyan's quote and the event she is helping to coordinate, Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), stated, "Considering the event that Ms. Alyan is putting on, it is obvious that CAIR's version of the Quran - 'The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN' - is one of the 'Islamic books' that she wants to push 'public libraries' and 'mainstream bookstores' into carrying. Given the facts surrounding this text, we cannot imagine any good-hearted individual actively peddling such hatred, especially to places accessible to children. Our group calls on the city of San Francisco to denounce MCA's Sunday event and to follow the Los Angeles public school system in banning CAIR's hate manual from all San Francisco public school libraries."

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

 


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