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‘You Are An Aberration’: CAIR Spokesman Denounces Extremists Following Orlando Shooting

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 5.25.10 PMThe Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held an emergency press conference Sunday afternoon in which they emphatically denounced the Islamic extremist violence behind the deadly rampage last night at a club in Florida.

“We offer condolences to the families, and pray for the recovery of the survivors. This is a hate crime, plain and simple. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms. it violates our principles as Americans and Muslims.”

CAIR communications director Ibrahim Hooper offered these words as details continue to come in about Omar Mateen, the man who pledged himself to ISIS before the attack. Hooper assured reporters that CAIR’s sympathies lay with the LGBT community, and that the goal of extremism is to create divisions among as many social groups as possible.

“As Muslims, as Americans, now is the time to speak out and make it clear, we will not give into hate, and we will not give into fear,” Hooper said. “I have a word for members of ISIS; how will you stand before God and answer for the crimes of the deaths of thousands of people? You do not speak for us or represent us. You are an aberration, an outlaw.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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