- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The mayor of Great Falls, Montana, wrote a blistering editorial that condemns the Council on American-Islamic Relations for a recent public relations campaign that apparently brought a Quran to his door right before Sept. 11.

“Last week, I received a copy of the Quran,” Mayor Michael J. Winters wrote in a Friday article for the Great Falls Tribune. “During a heightened period of instability in the Middle East, beheadings of Americans by Islamic terrorists, and ongoing national security threats, the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent me a copy of the Quran for my reference library.

“I’ve learned that all major cities in Montana have been receiving copies of the Quran as part of the organization’s public relations campaign,” the Air Force veteran said, arguing that Americans could misconstrue the campaign as a “subtle threat.”

Mr. Winters argues that it’s “noteworthy” CAIR delivered the Quran to him three days before the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11. He says the group’s cover letter made no mention of the date.

“It’s not what the letter says, it’s what it doesn’t say,” he wrote. “CAIR does not condemn terrorist attacks or recent actions by Islamic terrorists. The expectation appears to be that we’re to simply accept this peaceful gesture and overlook what terrorists are doing in the name of the religious book.

“The mailing is no coincidence,” the mayor concludes. “Americans need to know about this program to consider its meaning, implications and intent as world events unfold around us.”

CAIR said in a statement to The Times: “The delivery of the Quran to the mayor’s office was part of CAIR’s ongoing initiative, which began in 2009, to distribute free copies of the Quran to 100,000 local, state and national leaders. The overwhelming majority of officials who received a Quran have offered positive feedback. This particular delivery date was purely coincidental and had nothing to do with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. It is perhaps symptomatic of the growing Islamophobia in American society that an elected official would consider the delivery of a religious text a ‘subtle threat.’”

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