(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/20/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a short video asking Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to â€œSpread Love, Not Islamophobia.â€
In the video, a young Muslim woman says, â€œDonâ€™t let the hate get you down, because there is much more love in the world.â€ It then quotes from a letter sent to CAIR by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who wrote: â€œOur nation was founded on a single, aspirational principle: â€˜equal justice under law.â€™â€
The video also includes an audio clip of a phone call received by CAIR rejecting anti-Muslim rhetoric spread by Donald Trump and other public figures. It concludes by asking all Americans to take a stand against â€œhateful speech.â€
Viewers are asked to visit www.cair.com to download the â€œSpread Love, Not Islamophobiaâ€ graphic and then share it on social media.
WATCH CAIRâ€™s â€˜Spread Love, Not Islamophobiaâ€™ Video
The Washington-based civil rights organization produced the video as part of a larger response to an unprecedented rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate crimes following the Paris terrors attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and the Islamophobic statements of public figures like Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
Recently, CAIR provided parents with a guide designed to help them speak to children after acts of violent extremism.
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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