Shaw, who converted to Islam in 1971, has almost always been private about his religious beliefs. But he says he’s not going to be quiet any longer.
He is a board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He recently sent an e-mail appealing for support for the organization. The council is frequently cited as the spokesman for American Muslims. Shaw calls it a civil rights group.
But critics have charged that the group — funded by donations from the American Islamic community and Middle Eastern sources — has had uncomfortably close ties to organizations labeled as extremist. Some associates of CAIR, as the council is known, have been detained on terrorism-related charges.
In its public statements, CAIR has regularly condemned terrorist attacks.
“I don’t belong to a terrorist organization,” Shaw said.
“I’ve read the Quran 200 times in my life and it’s doesn’t say kill....You are taught to respect life, nurture life. That’s what we were created for.”
Shaw’s e-mail endorsing CAIR was distributed nationally. While he has not kept his beliefs a secret, the e-mail could be considered his first public profession of his faith.
The co-founder of CAIR, Omar Ahmad, has been quoted as saying,"Islam isn't in America to be equal with any other faith, but to become dominant. The koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
North Carolina voters should keep this in mind next election time.