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U.S.-based Muslim organizations have decried the beheadings in June of two foreign workers by extremists in the Middle East. The slaying of Paul Johnson Jr., an American engineer in Saudi Arabia, and Kim Sun Il, a South Korean interpreter in Iraq, were both met with sorrow by Muslim American leaders. Despite injustices suffered by Muslims in the world, “two wrongs don’t make a right,” said Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation in Washington. Like the Muslim Public Affairs Council, based in Los Angeles, the ten-year-old Council on American Islamic Relations condemned the “senseless violence” and said such acts do not benefit Islam or Muslim people.


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