House resolution urges respect for Koran, condemns religious intolerance

An Islamic civil rights group is urging all “people of conscience” to support a Democrat-sponsored resolution recognizing that the Koran, like the holy book of any other religion, “should be treated with dignity and respect.” The resolution, to be introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), also “condemns bigotry and intolerance against any religious group, including our friends, neighbors and citizens of the Islamic faith.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called the introduction of the resolution a winning move. “This resolution expresses America’s respect for the holy texts of all faiths. If passed, it will also reiterate our nation’s condemnation of bigoted behavior and religious intolerance,” said Corey Saylor, CAIR’s government affairs director.

CNSNews, 19 May 2005

Robert Spencer denounces it as “shameless political pandering”. He demands: “Why does this need a House resolution? Why do desecrations of things cherished by other religions not inspire similar resolutions? Why does the House not say anything about the desecration of Christian and Jewish symbols in the Islamic world?”

Dhimmi Watch, 20 May 2005