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Obama's Cairo Speech Inspires Islamic Group to Give Qurans to US Leaders

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coverage-abcnewsElizabeth Gorman, ABC News, 6/30/09

Prompted by President Obama's speech directed to the Muslim world in Cairo in early June, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched its "Share the Quran" campaign distributing free Qurans to local, state, and national leaders across the United States.

The organization's spokesperson said it will also send a copy to Obama and Vice President Biden.

"This is pure educational. I want to make it clear that this is not proselytizing or a campaign or project to convert people to Islam," said CAIR's director Nihad Awad today at a press conference. "We want people to be aware and informed about Islam."

Awad said the idea to gift high-end Qurans ($78 each) to American legislators, law enforcement officers, media leaders, governors, local elected and public officials, was directly inspired by Obama's Cairo speech. (Read more)

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