REP. GUS BILIRAKIS STATEMENT ON ARSON ATTACK ON TAMPA MOSQUE
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor) issued the following statement about the arsonist attack on the Islamic Education Center of Florida.
“America’s identity and history is inextricably intertwined with religious freedom. Freedom to practice one’s religion is one of the reasons the Pilgrims left England to form a ‘Shining City on the Hill.’ Religious tolerance was a foundation for our founding fathers in creating this country. Freedom of religion was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. And today, freedom of religion remains a cornerstone of our great society.
“The cowardly and un-American action of a few individuals is a tragic reminder of our responsibility to ensure that every citizen of this great land is free to practice their religion in a peaceful and lawful manner. Words cannot begin to convey the contempt I have for those that perpetrated this act or my condolences to those Americans whose lives have been forever marred by this egregious act of intolerance.
“I stand with the victims of this tragedy and hope that law enforcement can quickly apprehend those that are responsible for this tragedy.”