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Good for the Boston Imams

By on 5.1.13 | 3:29PM

Imams are saying they will refuse to give "last rites" to the body of Tamarlan Tsarnaev. Good'on'em. This is a small step toward the type of action I was suggesting they take.

Here's what the first-linked article reports:

At least one Boston cleric said he would refuse to perform funeral rites for a man accused of committing so much violence. The Quran, said Imam Talal Eid, says that anyone who has killed another human being is going to hell.

Eid, who is imam at the Boston Islamic Institute, said he had never met the Tsarnaev brothers but questioned media accounts that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become a devout Muslim.

"A person who is devoted does not kill innocent people," Eid said.

Yusufi Vali, executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest mosque in the Boston area, also rejected the Tsarnaev brothers.

"I don't care who or what these criminals claim to be, but I can never recognize these criminals as part of my city or my faith community," he said.

Keep it coming. Keep it coming. Social/religious ostracism/shunning of those who would be jihadists is, in the long run, the best way to marginalize these murderous cowards.

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