Bay Area Muslims Fear Backlash After Terror Plot Surfaces

August 10, 2006

Source: KCBS

On August 10, 2006 KCBS reported, "Many Bay Area Muslims said they're bracing for a backlash against their community, which often occurs following headline-making events like today's terror-plot revelations.

They're reminding Americans not to stereotype an entire religion based on the alleged actions of a few.

'American Muslims have consistently condemned all acts of terrorism, whether carried out by individuals, groups or states,' said Hussam Akloush a spokesman for CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 'We repudiate anyone or any group that plans or carries out a terrorist attack.'

KCBS' Mike Colgan reported that Muslims say they're worried and offended by President Bush's characterization of those arrested in London's alleged airline terror plot as 'Islamic fascists.'

'The name of Islam itself is something that is dear to every Muslim because it signifies the peaceful religion itself and whenever someone tries to link the word Islam with something as horrific as the word fascism, it is extremely offensive to all Muslims,' Akloush said."