Muslim leaders in the United States have unequivocally denounced the Islamist terror group Boko Haram for kidnapping hundreds of Nigerian girls in the name of Islam.
In a letter that minces no words, dozens of Muslim leaders accuse Boko Haram's leader of wielding Islam as a weapon and lying about the religion's teachings. Boko Haram roughly translates into "Western education is sinful."
"The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) wisely emphasized that every Muslim man and woman has a duty to seek education," the open letter reads. "... Your attempt to transform a central tenet of Islam into a vile lie used to kill and maim innocent Nigerians of all faiths is transparent. You treat children like cattle."
The letter urges Boko Haram to "listen to the global chorus of voices that are enjoining you to do what is right: returns these children to their families and replace the evil in your heart with peace and learning."
Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian teens from their boarding school, sparking international outcry and demands for the girls' safe return. Instead, Boko Haram, which has long terrorized Nigerian villages, kidnapped more children.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian defense official claims to know where the kidnapped girls are, but said force wouldn't be used to rescue them over fears the children could die during the attempt.