Associated Press: Muslim Advocate Calls Suspects A 'Cultist Group'

Ahmed Rehab Says Accused Plotters Have Nothing To Do With Islam

An advocate for better understanding of Muslims and their religion says the men accused of conspiring to blow up the Sears Tower are “a bizarre, cultist group.”

Ahmed Rehab is executive director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He says the accused plotters have nothing to do with Islam.

Rehab says the vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving people.

He says he believes the U.S. government hasn’t made a clear distinction between the accused plotters arrested yesterday and most Muslims. He says that’s because it would be seen by some as “white-washing or watering down our fight against terrorism.”

Rehab spoke today at a news conference held at his group’s downtown Chicago office.

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