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Muslim Group: US Terror Suspects Not Muslim


An Islamic civil rights group says the seven terror suspects indicted Friday in the United States should not be referred to as "Muslims."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the men accused of plotting attacks on Chicago's Sears tower and several federal buildings are not Muslims because they study a mix of Islamic, Christian and Jewish teachings.

The statement calls the Seas of David sect a "bizarre group" that has nothing to do with Islam. It notes their meeting place is called a "temple" and that they study the Bible -- the Christian holy book.

It also cautioned against using Arabic terms to describe their actions. The federal indictment against the men refers to their attack plans as "a violent jihad."

The group also called on police departments nationwide to protect mosques and other Islamic institutions from possible backlash violence prompted by the idea that the terror suspects are Muslim.

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