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« on: Aug 28, 2009 03:45 PM »

 CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Sen. Edward Kennedy
Posted 8/26/2009 3:12:00 PM

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered condolences to the family of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We offer sincere condolences to the family of Senator Edward Kennedy and to the nation for the loss of a great statesman and defender of freedom and justice. Senator Kennedy fought for justice and defended civil liberties, even in times of national crisis.

“He stood by the American Muslim community on issues ranging from racial and religious profiling to government policies targeting Muslims following the 9/11 attacks. He also reached out to American Muslims to ensure their inclusion in our nation’s political process.

“This champion of civil rights will be missed by American Muslims and by all those who value the freedoms offered by our great nation.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 28, 2009 07:42 PM »

I was listening to NPR Wednesday morning and they were talking about how in addition to his numerous legislative accomplishments he was also known for the small things he did for people. They mentioned an example of a Morroccan woman who had a stand in a subway station and was thrown out by the subway manager because she had a Qur'an on her stand. The same night when she went home and listened to her answering machine there was a message from Ted Kennedy himself expressing his outrage at the incident and promised he would do everything in his power to remedy the situation. This was even before the incident was known by the press.

ISNA Mourns the Death of Senator Edward Kennedy


Source: ISNA

(Plainfield, IN – August 26, 2009) The Islamic Society of North America conveys its deepest condolences to the family of Senator Edward Kennedy who passed away on the evening of August 25, 2009.  “To God  we belong and to Him we return (Qur’an 2:156).”

Senator Kennedy’s life is a testament to the possibility that dedicated public service can make a profound and positive impact on the people’s lives.  Senator Kennedy worked long hours to support, and often lead, the development of legislation to support the rights of workers, immigrants, the disabled, and other marginalized and historically oppressed people.  Senator Kennedy was a relentless advocate for health care reform, first leading the successful development of S-CHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and continuing until the end of his life to advocate for health care for all Americans.

At the beginning of his Senate career Senator Kennedy denounced the war in Vietnam and forty years later, in 2002, voted against authorizing the war in Iraq.  A strong advocate for peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a critic of South African apartheid and Chilean dictatorship, Senator Kennedy often set a high moral standard for US foreign policy.

According to the New York Times, after the tragic assassination of his brother Robert, Senator Kennedy said, “My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.” We believe these words to apply to our brother in humanity, Edward Kennedy.

Louay Safi
Director of Communications and Leadership Development
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