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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Tell Congress to Speak Out Against Islamophobia

5,333
Supporters

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.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
As your constituent, I write to you today with great concern about the upcoming Homeland Security Committee’s hearings on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response” and its implications. I ask that you cosponsor the resolution Congressman Conyers introduced expressing the sense of Congress that hearings such as this should focus on criminal behavior, not on First Amendment-protected beliefs and activities.

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.

I hope that you will cosponsor this resolution and uphold the religious freedom of all Americans to believe in any religious faith as they choose without fear of retribution or investigation because of it.

Thank you for your consideration,