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CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of a local Islamic-American organization says that after this year, except for remembering its victims, it’s time for America to move on from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Ahmet Rehab of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says many people still are under the false impression that Islam is a radical religion, and that its believers want to change the U.S. into an Islamic state.
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Rehab says the United States needs to move on from that.
“It was always a gang of criminals, called al-Qaeda, who happened to be Muslim, who are trying to justify their acts through faith and through religion,” Rehab said.
Rehab says the American people should not allow politicians, right-wingers and TV networks make them fear fellow Americans who are Muslim.
He says the way to defeat fear is through hope, and the way to defeat terrorism is through American values and principles.