The brother of David Haines, the latest hostage of Islamic State militants to die in a videotaped beheading, offered a measured statement to the world with one important message: Don't blame Islam.
"The Muslim faith isn't to blame for ISIL, nor is it the fault of people of Middle Eastern descent," a sometimes emotional Michael Haines said in front of TV cameras, CNN reported.
"My family and I stand with our arms open to welcome those of any faith or belief who respect the rights of all," Haines continued. "We repudiate any...who's beliefs involve the forceful practice of any religion, no matter what their faith and background. We open our arms to those who respect and honor their neighbors and their beliefs."
"I would like you to note that I and my family are not of the Muslim faith or practice any other religion," Haines added. "We believe in the freedom to follow our own beliefs and religions in a peaceful manner."
Then Haines read, at first haltingly, a passage from the Quran:
"Oh you who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity; and never let hatred of anyone lead you into the sin of deviating from justice. Be just: this is closest to being God-conscious. And remain conscious of God: verily, God is aware of all that you do."