(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 10/25/16) — The Columbus Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today applauded a resolution adopted by the Columbus City Council “To Condemn Religious Intolerance and the Rise of Islamophobia, and Declare Support for the Muslim Community in the City of Columbus.â€Â The resolution was accepted by CAIR-Columbus on behalf of the Central Ohio Muslim Community.
“We thank Council Member Michael Stinziano for his leadership in introducing this resolution affirming a commitment to religious freedom and respect for diversity,” said CAIR-Columbus Staff Attorney Romin Iqbal. “The resolution is a clear repudiation of anti-Muslim hate and sends a strong message to those who seek to promote divisions in our nation.”
CAIR-Columbus also expressed gratitude to the Central Ohio Chapter of Jewish Voices for Peace, which was instrumental in the passing of the resolution.
â€œCentral Ohio Jewish Voice for Peace decided to take up this issue in light of its memberâ€™s own memory of the persecution of Jews and other minorities under Nazi Germany. I was brought up to believe in â€˜Never Againâ€™,â€ said Amy Shuster on behalf of the group, â€œand what that means is that we will never again stand by silently while vulnerable members of our community are targeted by extremist hate groups.â€
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The resolution, which was co-sponsored by every member of the Columbus City Council and adopted by unanimous vote yesterday, states:
WHEREAS, the City of Columbus is proud to be a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse city, and home to one-quarter of Ohioâ€™s foreign-born population; and
WHEREAS, Columbus is home to thousands of Muslims whose faith inspires them to give back every day and to contribute to our City as United States military personnel, police officers, doctors, nurses, caregivers, business owners, teachers, and many other roles that are integral to the success of Columbus; and
WHEREAS, this year marks the 1,400th anniversary of the Charter of Medina, a constitutional contract between the Prophet Muhammad and the people of Medina, which guaranteed religious liberty for all, regardless of faith; and
WHEREAS, this year marks the 225th anniversary of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which enshrined the principle of religious liberty into the jurisprudence of the country; and
WHEREAS, Muslims, like members of all religious backgrounds, should be treated with the dignity, care, and compassion that every human being deserves, irrespective of faith; and
WHEREAS, hatred, fear, and discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, religion, or national origin is detrimental to all people who cherish freedom and equality; and
WHEREAS, all residents of the City ought to confront all forms of religious bigotry, vilification, and denigration and stand with our sisters and brothers throughout the Muslim community; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:
That this Council does hereby condemn religious intolerance and the rise of Islamophobia, and declare support for the Muslim community in the City of Columbus on this day October 24th, 2016.
The resolution takes effect immediately.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Staff Attorney Romin Iqbal, 614-783-7953, email@example.com