WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–December 18, 2015 – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed congressional resolution (H.Res.569) condemning violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric targeting American Muslims.
The resolution, introduced by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Mike Honda (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and André Carson (D-IN), along with 63 original cosponsors, states in part:
“Whereas the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have faced physical, verbal, and emotional abuse because they were Muslim or believed to be Muslim;
“Whereas the constitutional right to freedom of religious practice is a cherished American value and violence or hate speech towards any American community based on their faith is in contravention of our founding principles;
“Whereas there are millions of Muslims in the United States, a community made up of many diverse beliefs and cultures, and both immigrants and native-born Americans. . .
“Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
“(1) Expresses its condolences for the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes;
“(2) Steadfastly confirms its dedication to the rights and dignity of all its citizens of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures. . .”
H.Res.569 – Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States
“At a time when the American Muslim community is facing an unprecedented level of hate crimes and stigmatization, it is vitally important that our nation’s leaders speak out in defense of religious diversity, tolerance and mutual understanding,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.
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.