At a recent town hall meeting, Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois’ 8th District made a number of insensitive and inflammatory comments about the American Muslim community. These kinds of comments are not helpful to our national conversation and perpetuate a culture of violence against American Muslims.
Violent rhetoric, like the language so often employed by Rep. Walsh, normalizes and enables this kind of violence. Rep. Walsh’s comments were inappropriate, unacceptable, and exemplify all-too-common rhetoric that perpetuates a culture of violence against American Muslims.
We must speak out against this kind of hatred and intolerance. Please join us in asking Rep. Joe Walsh to apologize for his inflammatory comments and put an end to his vitriolic rhetoric.
Since your hateful statements, two separate violent attacks have taken place at nearby mosques. Your violent rhetoric normalizes and enables this kind of violence.
As a country that has enshrined freedom of religion in our Constitution, we cannot tolerate religious persecution in our communities, and strongly believe that this inflammatory language must cease. Please apologize to the Muslim community and end your use of malicious rhetoric by participating in civil discourse.