Source: The Christian Science Monitor
On December 5, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "to help counter what it sees as 'a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric' in US society, a national Islamic civil rights group has come up with a particularly American response. It has launched a grass-roots campaign to get Muslims to sponsor educational materials for local public libraries. 'It's important that Americans know what Islam stands for,' says Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). 'The lack of timely and accurate books in libraries ... [results in a] knowledge gap that leads to increased misunderstanding and produces unnecessary divisions between people of faith.' CAIR has put together an 18-item package on Islam and Muslims that it considers accurate and accessible for adults and children."