U.S. Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, 21, first made the news last August when, arguing that his Islamic faith contradicts serving in the American military, he filed for conscientious objector (C.O.) status. Referring to current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Abdo asserted that a Muslim “is not allowed to participate in an Islamicly unjust war. Any Muslim who knows his religion . . . should not participate in the U.S. military.” Further, he wrote: “I cannot be a soldier in the U.S. Army and continue to remain true to Islam.”
Abdo also made anti-American statements during Pashto language class and listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on his Facebook page as one of his “activities and interests.” He announced his intent, on leaving the army, to combat “Islamophobia” and “to show Muslims how we can lead our lives. And to try and put a good positive spin out there that Islam is a good, peaceful religion. We’re not all terrorists, you know?”
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