Mosques condemn terrorism (and let’s forget Plaxico)

Well, I’m back. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

The weekend news, of course, was bad. And, no, I’m not talking about Plaxico Burress. (I mean, really, is it that big a deal? You would think from the news coverage that Burress was behind the Mumbai terrorist attacks. An overgrown child does another stupid thing and will pay for it. Case closed. The Giants don’t even need him. Let’s move on. Please.)

A couple of Westchester mosques released early statements on the terrorist attacks. They’re a bit out of date (and were clearly written after consultation between the groups), but I wanted to make note of them.

The Upper Westchester Muslim Society, which now meets in Thornwood but is developing an Islamic Center in New Castle, said:

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November 27, 2008 – The Upper Westchester Muslim Society (UWMS) strongly condemns the attacks on innocent civilians in Mumbai. As American Muslims, we stand with our fellow citizens of all faiths in rejecting these senseless and inexcusable acts of violence, that go against basic principles of peace, respect for human life, and tolerance.

UWMS also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages taken by the attackers.

We offer our sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers for the victims and their relatives during this tragic time. We stand with the people of Mumbai and all of India, and insist that the perpetrators of these heinous attacks be brought to justice.

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And the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center, based in Mohegan Lake, said:

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Thursday, 27 November 2008 — The Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center (HVICC) strongly condemns the senseless violence and attacks on innocent victims in Mumbai. This irrational behavior and the taking of innocent life go against the basic principles and tenets of Islam, which stands for peace, human self-respect and tolerance.

We urge that all hostages be immediately and unconditionally released by their captors.

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their relatives during this difficult time. We stand with the people of Mumbai and India and insist that the perpetrators of these heinous attacks be brought to justice.

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Also, Asad Jilani of Armonk, a former board member of the Westchester Muslim Center in Mount Vernon and a current board member of the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding, put out this statement:

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We strongly condemn the series of attacks in Mumbai. We oppose all forms of terrorist attacks. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to theĀ  victims and their relatives in this difficult time. We stand with the people of Mumbai and India and insist that the perpetrators of these heinous attacks be brought to Justice..

This irrational behavior and the taking of innocent life go against the basic principles and tenets of Islam, which stands for peace, human self-respect and tolerance.