(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/26/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that its Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry visited the historic First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Va., to ring the freedom bell for unity and religious pluralism as part of the church's #LetFreedomRingChallenge.
Let Freedom Ring. Proclaim your belief in freedom and equality by ringing the bell.
Earlier this month, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush rang the bell for â€œimmigrants.â€
The church – one of the oldest black churches in the nation – was founded in 1776 by slaves and freed black men. It is described as a symbol of the faith, struggle, and perseverance that marks the African-American experience.
On February 1, 2016, church leaders invited Americans from around the nation to travel to Williamsburg to ring the bell every day throughout Black History Month.
“Particularly in the current election cycle, our country is witnessing chilling levels of xenophobia, intolerance and bigotry,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “I rang the freedom bell for unity and religious pluralism as a reminder that it is more important than ever that we reject hateful, divisive rhetoric and work together as a nation to preserve our core values.”
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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