(WASHINGTON, .D.C, 6/2/2016) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today endorsed a national interfaith banner project spearheaded by the Interfaith Action for Human Rights to counter anti-Muslim bigotry in America.
The banner project, supported by the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign and T'ruah: The Rabbinical Call for Justice, urges religious communities to publicly display banners proclaiming their support for the Muslim American community.
“Being a silent bystander to hatred and intolerance allows hatred and intolerance to grow,” said IAHR Board Member and Project Lead Bonnie Tamres-Moore. “As people of faith and as Americans, we should not be complicit. Hanging the banner is a simple, positive, visual witness of the best of American values.â€
“This sort of initiative is especially noteworthy because it effectively challenges anti-Muslim bigotry during times when it has soared to unprecedented levels,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, who serves on the board of IAHR. “Publicly displaying these banners promotes interfaith harmony and sends a strong message to American Muslims that we have many allies working alongside us to unite our nation and thwart attempts to divide us along religious lines.”
The banners come in two sizes displaying one of three optional slogans:
Honor God â€“Say No to anti-Muslim Bigotry We Stand with our Muslim neighbors, and stands with our Muslim neighbors
Faith leaders are encouraged to order a banner today by visiting: http://www.interfaithactionhr.org/banner_donation
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.
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