(Overland Park, KS, 7/15/2016) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, today condemned the horrifying terror attack in Nice targeting families celebrating Bastille Day.

“Kansas City area Muslims express solidarity with the people of France and mourn the many innocent victims of this senseless attack,” said CPS President Ahsan Latif.  “We condemn this horrific attack as we have condemned previous ISIS or ISIS-inspired atrocities as well as the deviant ideology that produces such shocking and cowardly violence.”

The attack in Nice comes on the heels of attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and also outside the Prophet’s Mosque in the city of Medina.  “These attacks harm all of humanity, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or those without faith,” said Latif.

Although responsibility for the attack in Nice has not yet been determined, similar attacks have been attributed to the so-called “Islamic State” or Daesh. “Daesh is the Arabic name for ISIS or ISIL which rejects the organization’s self-proclaimed status as the ‘Islamic State.’ Daesh has proven to be a monstrous organization whose brutal acts have no foundation in any faith or ideology.

CPS has previously joined with U.S. and World Muslim leaders by endorsing an open letter to the leaders of Daesh, refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy." The letter can be found at http://lettertobaghdadi.com.

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com and Advisory Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir,816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com



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