In San Francisco, Muslim and Interfaith Groups Condemn Bombings

July 9, 2005

Source: San Mateo County Times

On July 9, 2005 the San Mateo County Times reported, "Muslim and interfaith groups from across the Bay Area gathered at the Islamic Society of San Francisco Friday to send a clear message to those responsible for the 'heinous' and 'barbarous' London subway bombings Thursday...

Many from Islamic organizations felt that a quick response to Thursday's bombings was necessary to prevent any misunderstandings about Muslims.

'Those who committed these crimes act in their own name only,' said Amina Ansari of the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, and added that the Quran condemns violence.

Ansari said her organization has received over 100 hostile e-mails over the last 24 hours. 'There have been no threats of violence, but there is an environment of hostility,' she said, who works for the Bay Area chapter of CAIR in Santa Clara... Of the 12 speakers, more than half represented non-Islamic groups, including the Rev. James DeLange, chair of the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

'We're here to show our support in solidarity with the Muslim community who must be distressed and horrified by what has happened in the name of Islam,' said DeLange. 'I know how I would feel if someone did that in the name of Christ.'"