(PRINCETON, NJ, 10/5/2007) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on Muslims and other people of conscience in that state to thank their elected officials for voting for the House Ramadan Resolution.
The resolution “recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world” and expresses “deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world on this significant occasion.”
All New Jersey congressmen in the House of Representatives voted affirmative for this resolution other than Congressman Garrett who was present but did not vote.
NJ Congressman Bill Pascrell was a co-sponsor of the bill and made the following statement on the House floor with regards to this resolution: “This month should not just be important for Muslims. It should also be imperative for all of us non-Muslims to learn about this faith, which too often has been misunderstood and mischaracterized. . .It has been through the many good works of my Muslim constituents that it has become clear to me that the true faith of Islam is one of peace and mutual understanding.”
Following the passing of the resolution, NJ Congressman Rush Holt stated: “Celebrating the blessings of faith and enjoying the rewards of patience, discipline and commitment are in keeping with the highest principles and most honored traditions of all cultures. As followers of Islam observe Ramadan, non-Muslims across the United States should take this opportunity to learn about the beliefs and traditions of this historic, world religion.”
1. CALL Congressman Pascrell and thank him for his statement on the House floor.
Contact: DC Office: (202) 225-5751
In district Office: (973) 523-5152
2. CONTACT your elected officials (one US Representative) and thank them for their support of this symbolic gesture.
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For further information, please contact: Afsheen Shamsi, CAIR-NJ at email@example.com 908-938-5990.