Join the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, in thanking your congressman for co-sponsoring House Resolution 569, which condemns violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric targeting American Muslims.
If your member of congress has not yet co-sponsored the resolution please take part in the letter below urging support for this bill.
The resolution, was introduced by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Mike Honda (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and AndrÃ© Carson (D-IN), along with 63 original cosponsors, states in part:
“Whereas the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have faced physical, verbal, and emotional abuse because they were Muslim or believed to be Muslim;
“Whereas the constitutional right to freedom of religious practice is a cherished American value and violence or hate speech towards any American community based on their faith is in contravention of our founding principles;
“Whereas there are millions of Muslims in the United States, a community made up of many diverse beliefs and cultures, and both immigrants and native-born Americans. . .
“Resolved, That the House of Representatives””
“(1) Expresses its condolences for the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes;
“(2) Steadfastly confirms its dedication to the rights and dignity of all its citizens of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures. . .”
“At a time when the American Muslim community is facing an unprecedented level of hate crimes and stigmatization, it is vitally important that our nation’s leaders speak out in defense of religious diversity, tolerance and mutual understanding,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.