CAIR Launches Educational Campaign in Response to Cartoon Controversy

February 15, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

On February 15, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "What would Muhammad do? That's one question the Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes to help answer as violence in some Muslim countries over unflattering cartoons of Islam's prophet continues to claim lives and fuel tensions between the Islamic and Western worlds. The Washington-based Muslim advocacy group launched a year-long campaign Tuesday (Feb. 14) called 'Explore the Life of Muhammad.' CAIR will allow visitors to its Web site to order either 'Muhammad,' a biography, or 'Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet,' a PBS documentary on DVD. Both are from 2002. CAIR will also help Muslim communities arrange their own events, such as documentary screenings, panel discussions and mosque open houses, and hopes to eventually expand the effort to Europe. Last May, CAIR started an 'Explore the Quran' campaign after reports alleging that American soldiers desecrated Islam's holy book sparked deadly riots in parts of the Muslim world. CAIR offered to send copies of Islam's holy book to anyone who asked, and has since received requests for more than 27,000, it said. As the Muhammad campaign was launched Tuesday, violence fueled by the cartoons left two people dead in Pakistan." CAIR's "Explore the Life of Muhammad" campaign can be found online at: