The Tri-City Interfaith Council condemns the inflammatory rhetoric and acts of aggression that are taking place against the Muslim community in the United States. These actions are unacceptable and only promote divisiveness in our country.
We view this discrimination, not only as immoral, but as counter to the very premise upon which our country was founded. We are a nation of immigrants. Many of us, or our ancestors, have come from all over the world specifically seeking a life of freedom, justice, and equality.
Robert F. Kennedy said, “Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” We are blessed to live in a diverse community and we appreciate the gifts that each culture and faith tradition brings. We reach out to our neighbors with compassion and celebrate our diversity.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” We will not be silent in the face of such prejudice. The Tri-City Interfaith Council stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters. We defend the rights of Muslims to practice their faith in peace and safety. We defend and uphold the human rights and dignity of all people.
We invite our entire community to do the same. It is only by treating others as we wish to be treated that we will find lasting peace.