Congress Targets American Muslims
Dan Furmansky is the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager.
The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. You can sign-up for these emails here.
This Thursday, congressional hearings begin that have the potential to stoke the fires of fear and bigotry against American Muslims – further marginalizing a community already struggling against a tide of hostility.
Organized by Congressman Peter King, the hearings are billed as a probe into “radicalization” within the Muslim community. But, as Rep. King’s colleague, Michael Honda, a Japanese American who spent his early childhood during WWII in an internment camp in Colorado, pointed out in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed:
“Rep. King’s intent seems clear: To cast suspicion upon all Muslim Americans and to stoke the fires of anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia.”
Congressional hearings which isolate any religious faith as a threat to the nation serve only to fuel the fires of fear and hatred. We need a Congress that stands on the side of love by working to build bridges of trust between all religions, not holding divisive hearings.
No one should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence because of his or her identity. Love calls us to open our hearts to the stories, realities and struggles of our fellow human beings – and be led forward to stand on the side of love for and with those who are oppressed and whose rights are denied. As Representative Honda points out, these hearings “should be deeply troubling to Americans of all races and religions. An investigation specifically targeting a single religion implies, erroneously, a dangerous disloyalty, with one broad sweep of the discriminatory brush.”
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