America is still grieving from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As a nation, we have found many healthy outlets for our profound sense of loss. Yet on more than one occasion, the grief that Americans have experienced has been channeled into anger against individual religious communities. From the desecration of mosques to physical violence against Sikhs and Hindus, to anti-Semitic language and finger-pointing at Christians, religious and secular communities alike have borne the brunt of this profound hurt.
Most recently, this grief has manifested itself in the extreme criticism of civic leaders seeking to build a community center in Lower Manhattan, known as the Park51. Religious Freedom USA seeks to defend the core American value of religious freedom by countering these critics and demonstrating the centrality of religious freedom and pluralism in our country.
On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists took the lives of 3,000 innocent Americans. We cannot allow them to take the soul of America, too. Religious freedom is an American value that must be protected. Please join our movement and stand with the Park51 community center as part of the tolerant vision of our Founding Fathers.