Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

CAIR-LA Keynote Speaker Addresses Paris Attack

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

CAIR-LA Keynote Speaker Addresses Paris Attack

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"What happened in Paris yesterday is our duty as Muslims to condemn," Prof. Sherman Jackson of the University of Southern California (USC) told the more than 2,000 Muslim Americans in attendance Nov. 14 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel for the annual fund-raiser of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles (CAIR-LA).

Dr. Jackson, the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture at USC and considered one of the top 10 experts on Islam in America, went on to say that "We Muslims should focus on the credibility gap for blaming Muslims for any violent act in our society."

Whatever happened in Paris shouldn't be held against American Muslims, Dr. Jackson emphasized. When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or al-Qaeda does something, it should be attributed to them, not to our peaceful Muslims here at home. Jackson urged Muslims to speak out and say, "These acts by these groups don't represent us."

As early as 1996, Jackson wrote a book titled Islamic Law and the State, in which he pointed out the similarities between the extremists of the world and the Islamophobes of the U. …

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