(ATLANTA, GA, 4/25/16) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today welcomed a decision by Rep. David Scott (D-GA) to co-sponsor an anti-Islamophobia congressional resolution (H.Res.569) following a meeting between his staff and representatives of the state’s Muslim community during National Muslim Advocacy Day on April 18th.
“You may be pleased to know that as a result of our meeting, Congressman Scott is cosponsoring H.Res.569, a resolution condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States,” said William Burriss, who met with the delegation of Georgia Muslims on behalf of Rep. Scott.
“We thank Congressman Scott for joining the effort to condemn anti-Muslim hate speech, which undermines our nation’s commitment to tolerance, diversity and pluralism,” said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, who took part in the meeting with Rep. Scott’s staff.
The second annual Muslim Advocacy Day event, which was organized by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), brought more than 300 American Muslims from around the nation to Capitol Hill to meet with their lawmakers.
House Resolution 569 was first introduced in December 2015. The resolution, which has more than 100 co-sponsors, expresses condolences to the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes, denounces the hate speech that leads to such violence and recognizes the positive contributions that American Muslims have made to the United States.
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“By condemning Islamophobia, Congress can rebut the arguments of anti-Muslim extremists here at home as well Muslim extremists overseas, both of whom seek to pit Americans against each other,” said Mitchell.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, [email protected]
; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, [email protected]