America’s largest and most powerful Muslim advocacy group is asking the Obama administration to condemn the killing of pro-Mohammed Morsi protesters in Egypt. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants the administration to “use the leverage of taxpayer funds being sent to that nation’s military to push for a return to democracy.”
Egyptian military forces have instituted a shoot-to-kill policy to help deal with protesters who are seeking the return of Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi to power. Morsi fled the country earlier this month.
The CAIR is concerned because the violence in Egypt is increasing. More than 60 pro-Morsi protesters were killed Saturday by military forces near a sit-in at a Cairo mosque, the Daily Caller reported.
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on the Obama administration to forcefully condemn the killing of dozens of pro-democracy demonstrators by Egyptian security forces,” according to a statement released by the group Saturday.
“We join with those in Egypt and in the international community who are condemning the violence, including Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, who said he ‘deplores and condemns the deaths of a number of martyrs who were victims of today’s events.”’
The statement continued:
“Condemnations came from across the political spectrum, including from Mohamed ElBaradei, who strongly condemned the ‘excessive use of force.’ British Foreign Secretary William Hague said: ‘I call on the Egyptian authorities to respect the right of peaceful protest, to cease the use of violence against protesters, including live fire, and to hold to account those responsible.’
Without a clear condemnation of the killings, we send the message that even more repressive measures may be taken against the demonstrators. The clearest indicator of our nation’s revulsion at the killings would be to suspend all American military aid until the violence stops and democratic freedoms are restored.”