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NC head of Muslim group criticizes Texas shooter

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina politician who heads a national Muslim civil rights group has condemned the Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that state Sen. Larry Shaw said violent acts blamed on Muslims tarnish the image of Islam.

Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with killing 13 people at the Texas post. Hasan is a Muslim who reportedly opposed the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shaw has been chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations since March. The Fayetteville Democrat compared Islamic fanatics with the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis as falsely claiming to represent majority views.

Shaw says Muslims who support killing innocent people don’t represent true Islam.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina politician who heads a national Muslim civil rights group has condemned the Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

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