WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the wave of inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric following the Boston Marathon bombings and the revelation that the suspects in the case are Muslim.
CAIR also noted that Americans of all faiths have rejected the call by a minority of extremists to stereotype Muslims and Islam.
While at least two anti-Muslim hate attacks were linked to the bombings, CAIR says it has not received any reports of violent bias-motivated incidents since the suspects were identified.
CAIR: Hate Crimes in MA, NY Follow Boston Bombings http://tinyurl.com/czpeetv"We believe it is a positive sign that the vast majority of Americans have rejected the type of guilt by association advocated by extremist commentators seeking to exploit the tragic events in Boston to further their personal agendas," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "As a nation, we have learned to judge a person based on their actions, not on their faith or ethnicity." CAIR-PA: Muslims Caution Against Stereotyping After Bombings http://tinyurl.com/csvsokw Awad said the recent spike in hate rhetoric comes in the wake of a coordinated long-term effort by Islamophobic activists and groups to demonize Islam and marginalize American Muslims. CAIR-OK: Oklahoma Muslims Voice Concern About Anti-Islamic Rhetoric, Counter-Terrorism Caucus http://tinyurl.com/cmuv3ol CAIR-FL: Bills Banning Sharia Law Get Mixed Reaction in Florida http://tinyurl.com/d9rz38y Anti-Muslim Film to Be Shown in South Carolina http://tinyurl.com/d7r7o8p Just after last week's bombings, CAIR issued a call for prayers and blood donations for the victims, and CAIR chapters nationwide have organized community events to condemn the attacks and show support for the victims.