On March 10, 2011, Congress will hold hearings into what is being called the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.” Initiated by Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Congressman Peter King (R-NY), these misguided hearings single out one religious group for scrutiny, have the dangerous potential to intensify, rather than to lessen, prejudice toward Muslims and fly in the face of the religious freedoms we hold dear.
Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take steps to counter anti-Muslim sentiment and that hearings like the one on Thursday should focus on criminal behavior, not on First Amendment-protected beliefs and activities. As part of our ongoing work to combat Islamophobia, hatred, and uncivil rhetoric, Interfaith Alliance has been working hard to counter the dangerous message of these hearings.
Join Interfaith Alliance's critical fight by signing this petition urging your representative to cosponsor Congressman Conyers' resolution.
As the resolution notes, targeting American Muslims for scrutiny based on their religion goes against the core principles of religious freedom and Congress has a responsibility to ensure that its actions do not fuel misconceptions about or prejudices toward any faith community. There is no doubt that terrorism is a real threat that requires serious investigation based on fact, but the continued demonization of Muslims and questioning of the Muslim faith is not the answer.
Act now and urge Congress take steps to end Islamophobia.