Website wants American Muslim leaders to apologize
A new website by a conservative group is demanding accountability and a moral stand from America's Muslim community. On the heels of deadly terrorist attacks on embassies in Libya and Egypt, DemandAnApology.com is seeking signers for an open letter asking American Islamic leaders to condemn the actions.
DemandAnApology.com is the creation of The Conservative Caucus and The Response Action Network, and asks visitors to the site to sign the open letter that states the following:
"In wake of the 9/11/12 attacks of our embassies in Egypt and Libya, we demand that all American Muslim leaders immediately:
• Condemn the deaths of their fellow Americans at the hands of radical Muslims, and apologize to the families of those killed.
• Renounce any effort to impose or enforce extremist Sharia Law within the United States.
• Reject literal interpretations of violent directives in the Quran.
• Pledge to respect the freedom of speech and of all Americans from religious violence."
In a press release, Conservative Caucus chairman Peter Thomas states "Our very way of life is under direct attack by the religious intolerance of a group of people who hate us for our freedom, and we must make a clear and bold statement. These Mosques enjoy the privilege of non-profit tax status, and the constitutionally protected freedom to spread their views within our communities. The least they can do is speak out and condemn these murders of their fellow Americans."
Thomas also outlined their demands in more detail. "We demand that the leaders of every Mosque condemn the deaths of their fellow Americans at the hands of radical Muslims, and apologize directly to the families of those killed. We demand that these leaders openly reject any and all efforts to spread or enforce extremist Sharia Law within the United States," he said.
"We demand they reject violent directives within the Quran, including Chapter 8, Verse 39, 'Fight them until there is no more Fitnah (worshiping others besides Allah) and the religion will all be for Allah alone.' We demand that Islamic leaders around the world pledge to respect our Christian culture, the freedom of speech, and the independence of our nation from Sharia Law and religious violence."