The Republican Party must denounce the dangerous Islamophobia of candidates and officials

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The Republican Party must denounce the dangerous Islamophobia of candidates and officials

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Linda Sarsour for the Council on American-Islamic Relations started this petition to Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus

I am a mother of three, a working woman, and a civil rights activist. I am also a Muslim. Since the November terror attack in Paris, we’ve seen an unprecedented rise in acts of discrimination, intimidation, and violence targeting American Muslims across the country. It makes me worry about my family, and our country.

But, instead of calling for all Americans to rally together, a number of Republican presidential candidates and elected officials have been spreading baseless fear of Muslim Americans.

Please sign the Council on American-Islamic Relation’s (CAIR) petition. Call on the Republican Party to demonstrate leadership within the conservative movement by denouncing Islamophobia.

Daesh (ISIS) wants to start a religious war. They are trying to make non-Muslims fear the peaceful Muslims in their communities like me and my family, forcing divisions between us and plunging the world into conflict.

Muslim Americans are doctors, police, first responders, teachers, and neighbors. Yet some Republican candidates for President have even argued they should not have equal protection under the law:

  • Donald Trump is “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” and in the recent past advocated the closure of American mosques and recommended special IDs and databases for American Muslims.
  • Ben Carson has falsely claimed that Islam is “inconsistent” with the Constitution, American Muslims should not be elected president and that Muslim citizens have ‘different loyalties.”
  • Rick Santorum recently said that the U.S. Constitution does not protect certain aspects of Islam the way it does Christianity.

And on a state level, Republican governors and lawmakers have fed into public fears by spreading misinformation about the federal government's ability to screen Syrian refugees being resettled into the United States.

Hate-filled rhetoric and anti-Muslim attacks put American Muslim families like mine in real danger, and play right into Daesh’s (ISIS) plans.

If such Islamophobic hatred and bigotry is not rejected outright by the GOP, it will be a part of the party’s legacy, and a part of our nation’s legacy for generations to come. That isn’t a legacy I want my children -- or anyone’s -- to have to live with.

Sign CAIR’s petition and urge the Republican Party to denounce Islamophobia.

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