A noted Islamic advocacy group praised the life in prison sentence for would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also said it “rejected the perverted religious views expressed by Shahzad at his sentencing” on Tuesday.

Shahzad pleaded guilty to the attempted May bombing using a sport utility vehicle loaded with explosives and fuel.

During his sentencing, he was defiant, saying “brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun … The defeat of the U.S. is imminent and will happen in the near future.”

“We welcome the stiff punishment handed out to a person who seems to have no remorse for his planned attempt to kill and injure as many innocent people as possible. His stated desire for an unending inter-religious conflict is utterly rejected by American Muslims. There is no justification or excuse in Islam for harming the innocent. Faisal Shahzad’s perverted views are contrary to our faith and its teachings,” CAIR said in a statement Tuesday.

The group’s leader gave harsher words.

“On behalf of the American Muslim community, we condemn the attack in Times Square and thank all those who reported their suspicions, disarmed the bomb or are participating in the current investigation. We welcome the arrest of a suspect and hope that anyone involved in the attack will be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said executive director Nihad Awad. “American Muslims repudiate all acts of terrorism and will continue to work with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to keep our nation safe and secure.”

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