Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced a resolution to recognize the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
"We are blessed to live in a nation that protects its citizens’ right to religious freedom, communal worship, and interfaith dialogue and service," said Congresswoman Johnson.
September 13, 2007 marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of heightened spiritual awareness, family bonding, communal service and worship, and self renewal for Muslims everywhere.
"The Muslim American community contributes to the vibrant growth of American society and culture. Muslim Americans play a significant role in our nation’s political process, economic growth, scientific development, free enterprise, religious tolerance, law enforcement, and homeland security. American pluralistic ideals, democratic institutions, and multiculturalism are expanded and strengthened by the contribution of Muslim American civic participation."
"We need to continue to work together towards a world where all faiths are respected; where people of different beliefs and ethnic backgrounds can live together in harmony. And it is my hope that this holy month will bring a new era of peace between all nations so people can emerge from the shadows of violence and extremism and make better lives for our children."
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is Chairwoman of the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation. She is a Senior Democratic Whip in the House Leadership Structure and a Member of Science and Technology Committee. She represents the 30th Congressional District, which includes Downtown Dallas; Northeast Dallas, East Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove, Balch Springs, DeSoto, Lancaster, Hutchins, and parts of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Glen Heights, Wilmer and Ovilla.