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We stand in solidarity with Muslims against hate marches

In January, community members in Indiana joined countless people across the country to protest the Trump administration's Muslim ban.  Photo: Photo: Larry Gindhart

The disingenuously branded “March Against Sharia” on June 10 is an attempt to explicitly make Muslims vulnerable at a time when hatred and bigotry are sweeping the nation. The sponsor of the coordinated protests, ACT for America, is the nation’s largest anti-Muslim hate group.

It is especially concerning that this protest has been timed during the Islamic month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours.

ACT for America regularly vilifies Muslims and promotes policies at the federal and state levels intended to manufacture fear of Muslims. Now, more than ever, we must come together and shelter one another from actions and policies that seek to divide us. Members of our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, should be able to live in safety and peace, knowing that bigotry, hatred, and prejudice will not be tolerated.

The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization, works to build peace with justice in the U.S. and in many countries around the world. We feel called to speak out about ACT for America’s actions, since everyone should have their rights protected and should be able to live and pray without fear.