Resolution in Support of our Muslim Community
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In October of 2016, in response to escalating inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims, the multi-faith community in Croton requested the Village government to produce both a statement and a resolution welcoming and protecting our Muslim friends and neighbors. The Village Board did create and adopt an inclusivity statement, affirming equal rights for all citizens. However, the statement lacked the specificity that our faith community requested. Out of a deep respect for the religious leaders in our community, and a heartfelt care and concern for our local Muslim community, we call for a strong and specific Resolution of support and protection for our Muslim friends and neighbors. We hereby petition the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to adopt the following resolution:
Whereas, America has long been a beacon of hope throughout the world, welcoming people from every nation to come to its shores to escape from want, injustice and persecution, and to live in peace and freedom, and
Whereas, since 9/11, Muslims in this country have been identified and targeted as terrorists and enemies, and
Whereas, we are seeing an escalation of restrictive and punitive actions directed against Muslims, which indicates continued and systematic persecution, and
Whereas, we, as caring and concerned citizens of Croton-on-Hudson, desire to welcome, support and protect our Muslim neighbors and friends,
Therefore be it resolved that the Village Board of Croton-on-Hudson, on behalf of its constituents and all residents of the Village of Croton, condemn all hateful speech and violent actions against Muslims and,
Be it further resolved that we affirm our intention to welcome, respect, support and protect our Muslim friends and neighbors, both those who already live, study, work and play among us and those who settle here in the future.
Be it further resolved that we believe in a pluralistic society where all people are equally valued and guaranteed their human rights to live in peace and harmony without fear of retribution.
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