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CAIR-CT: Muslim Leaders, Connecticut Activists to Respond to SCOTUS Decision on Muslim Ban with Rally

(HARTFORD, CT 6/28/2018) – On Friday, June 29, the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations will co-host a press conference and rally in response to the Supreme Court ruling on “Muslim Ban 3.0.”

WHAT: Press Conference/Rally
WHEN: Friday June 29, 2018 at 3 pm.
WHERE: State House Square, Hartford CT
CONTACT: Alicia Strong, Executive Director CAIR-CT astrong@cair.com or 860-341-2247

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Muslim Ban limiting travel access to roughly 150 million people, 95% of them Muslim. While rejecting previous versions of the ban, the court accepted the new version for “national security” purposes after arbitrarily adding two non-Muslim majority countries with few travelers to the U.S. This unfortunate decision clears the way for the Trump administration to codify discrimination against travelers to the United States based on their religion.

“As Americans we must oppose discrimination in all of its forms. The history of slavery, racism and prejudice in this country reminds us that legality is not synonymous with morality. It is important that all Americans, Muslim or not, stand up in opposition to this unjust ban,” said CAIR-Connecticut Executive Director Alicia Strong.

Muslim leaders across Connecticut have expressed dismay at the ruling.

“We respect the rule of law and believe in the Constitution, yet we believe this ruling does not respect the tradition of religious freedom preserved by that very document. We believe that this decision will fit in with a series of discriminatory past rulings (comparable to Korematsu v. United States as an example) that have since been revoked,” said President of the Islamic Center of Greater Hartford Reza Mansour.

Although disappointed by the ruling, many Muslim leaders in Connecticut expressed a need to continue fighting for equality, regardless of religion.

“Our community along with friends and allies will continue to mobilize and organize until we gain just treatment under the law. Let’s not forget that the Supreme Court was on the wrong side of history in the Dred Scott v. Sandford and Korematsu v. US as they are with this ruling,” said Kashif Abul Karim, Imam at Muhammad Islamic Center in Hartford.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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