The Crescent Report

September 29, 2010

MAS Freedom forms a united front against Islamophobia national civil rights , rligious, and labor leaders

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 4:40 pm

Introduction:

It is imperative that we see Islamophobia as a part and parcel of the same manifestation of bigotry and intolerance that has always been part of the American historical narrative. If Muslim understand their struggle in America from this historical vantage point the critical need to engage in a collaborate effort in fighting prejudice and discrimination becomes a no brainier.  Check out the piece below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “Freedom has never been a spectator sport.”

MAS Freedom to host national forum on religious bigotry, racism and election 2010

On October 21st , MAS Freedom will host a National forum in Washington D.C. on “Religious bigotry, racism and election 2010”. The forum will bring together leaders from the civil rights, faith, organized labor, academic, and public service communities in a day-long discussion of the rise of religious prejudice and racism in American politics, and especially in the context of  upcoming 2010 election. The group will focus on how to proactively counter the current climate of division, fear mongering, and the political and religious intolerance now prevalent in the American political landscape.

“The upswing of anti-Muslim sentiment must not be viewed as an isolated phenomenon. There is an experience in our nation’s history of discrimination and bigotry, and other ethnic and religious groups are well acquainted with this. These experiences must be joined together in order to forge a collective response to Islamophobia, racism, attacks on immigrants, and other forms of human  and civil right abuses,” stated Mahdi Bray, MAS Freedom’s Executive Director. “The fact that many politicians feel comfortable in 2010 with campaign polices, rhetoric and behavior remnant of the pre-1960 civil right era is alarming.

“If we want to push back the forces that would lead our nation down the dark corridor of prejudice and intolerance, we must help to build a united front against these forces. The crisis that our nation faces cannot be solved if people of conscience are isolated or standing on the side lines. The only way for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing. That is why MAS Freedom is sponsoring this forum of National Civil Rights and Religious leaders,” Bray further stated.

Leaders at the forum are expected to issues a national call to action which will be implemented nationwide before the November 2nd, 2010 election. MAS Freedom (MASF)is a civic and human rights advocacy of the Muslim American Society (MAS), the largest Muslim, grassroots multi-service organization in America, with 55 chapters in 35 states.

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