ACLU Uses Mosque Fire as Recruiting Tool

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee is citing the Murfreesboro mosque controversy in an effort to recruit new members. Here’s the emailed message:
“Everybody knows [Muslims] are trying to kill us,” said one woman testifying before the Rutherford County Commission about the proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “I’m afraid we’ll have a training facility in Rutherford County,” said another.
Their sentiments were later echoed by a gubernatorial candidate who questioned whether Islam “is actually a religion…or a cult.” This past weekend rhetoric turned to violence as a fire was set at the mosque’s construction site.
Voices of prejudice are filling the airwaves–many of them, unfortunately, from Tennessee. It’s time to push back against the demagoguery. It’s time to let the country, the state, our leaders, and, especially, the members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, know that many in Tennessee support the right of all people to worship, or not, as they choose by signing the “I Stand for Religious Freedom in Tennessee” petition. (Link HERE)
Let’s be absolutely clear: our laws protect the right to build a house of worship whether it’s a mosque, a church, or a synagogue. And preventing Muslims or any other group from practicing their faith is unconstitutional and un-American.
Especially in times of controversy, we must boldly oppose religious discrimination based on cultural stereotyping-and resist those who seek to trade away our most precious values for political advantage.
Throughout our nation’s history, Jews, Protestants, Catholics and Muslims have all been victims of fear and discrimination. In the end, tolerance and fairness usually prevail–but only after principled voices have transcended the fear and hatred.
Speak out now. Join the ACLU of Tennessee to say “I Stand for Religious Freedom in Tennessee” and show your support for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

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