CFI Joins Coalition in Condemning House Reps for Muslim Brotherhood Claims
July 26, 2012
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today joined 41 religious, secular, and civil rights groups in writing to members of the U.S. House of Representatives to express our disappointment over the lawmakers' allegations that several Muslim individuals who work with the American government might be trying to spread the influence of the Islamic organization Muslim Brotherhood.
Far from supporting the safety of our country, these accusations distract us from examining legitimate threats using proven, evidence-based security strategies. Moreover, we know all too well the danger of casting suspicion on loyal and innocent Americans simply because they hold particular beliefs. We will not stand idly by and allow our country to revive federal investigations into innocent individuals based on their religious adherence. We will continue to speak out in support of people of all faiths and no faith, and the religious freedom of all Americans to practice — or choose not to practice — a religion without fear of criticism or suspicion.
#1 Sidney Finehirsh (Guest) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 at 2:09pm
I couldn’t be more pleased to see CFI and American Atheists joining a broad spectrum of organizations condemning the bigotry of Michelle Bachmann et. al. in this outrageous attack on Huma Abedin. Clearly she is being targeted solely for her Muslim heritage.
This type of solidarity expressed in defense of anyone who is object of discriminatory action redounds to the credit of CFI and the atheist movement. It not only aids the victims of bias, but also establishes links to a broad spectrum of American social movements by atheist organizations. Indeed, it helps win acceptance of our own full social rights in American society. CFI’s signing on to this letter validates the old labor movement principle of “An injury to one, is an injury to all.”