a Stand for Freedom and Against Intolerance
In the spirit of tolerance and mutual respect,
we present mirror petitions: one for Muslims and one for non-Muslims.
Please read the petitions, and sign below with your comments.
|We, the undersigned, are
Americans of numerous religious faiths
who stand together
with our fellow citizens of the Muslim faith at a difficult time
in their community's history. We deplore anti-Muslim bias, and share
a vision of a safe and harmonious America and a more just world.
We call upon all Americans to affirm the following principles:
- The tragic events of September 11 must not become a basis
for resentment or anger toward Muslims in America, who overwhelmingly
and resoundingly oppose terrorism. Those who harbor misconceptions
about Islam should learn more about the intricacies of this
great world religion, and not tar Muslims with a broad brush.
- Despite the fact that the terrorist attack against America
was perpetrated by groups speaking in the name of Islam and
emanating from the Muslim world, we remain steadfast in our
respect for the global Muslim community. We must do more to
understand the dynamics of the Muslim world, and we must support
efforts to strengthen economic opportunity and individual rights
in the Muslim world.
- Our demand for the equal rights and respect of minority rights
outside America hinges on ensuring those same rights in our
own country. While we fight a war called "Enduring Freedom",
we must make sure that freedom is strong at home as well. At
a time of tremendous pressure to ensure the safety of all Americans,
we urge public officials to resist measures that would cast
undue suspicion upon or humiliate American Muslims.
|We, the undersigned, are
American citizens of the Muslim faith
who share a vision
of a safe and harmonious America and a more tolerant and prosperous
world. We affirm the historic role our own community must play in
the pursuit of both. We call upon all fellow Americans to stand
with us as we work to enact the following principles:
- Hate speech and calls for violence by Muslims around the world
must be condemned. They are morally wrong, and they threaten
the strength of American toleration and the security of the
greater Muslim community. America has been a haven for Muslims.
Calls by some Muslims for "Death to America" and the
murder of Americans are an attack not just on democracy, but
also an attack on millions of Muslims who are proud to call
- We are part of the nation that has benefited most from globalization.
But in much of the Muslim world, we find economic underdevelopment
and limited individual rights. We have a responsibility to ensure
a more just economic and political future for all Muslims.
- As a minority religious community in America, we know firsthand
the importance of protecting the full rights of minority communities.
Because of our experience here, one of our contributions to
the larger Muslim world must be a new emphasis on considering
and protecting the rights of minorities. This includes a painful
reckoning with past and present examples of intolerance - and
a commitment to progress in the future.
I support these
principles and pledge to work for a brighter, more tolerant future.