Hate speech and Islamophobia are fanning the flames of anti-Muslim violence across the United States. Hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. are at an all-time high, and people of Middle Eastern descent or perceived as Muslim -- regardless of their actual religion -- are also facing persecution.
The United States has a rich history of defending and protecting its founding principle of religious freedom. Those who seek to undermine it do so with the aim of scoring cheap political points. But their demagoguery has real consequences: both for the livelihoods of millions of Americans and for democracy itself.
On December 7, 2015, more than eighty members of Congress joined a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan opposing anti-refugee riders in the omnibus spending bill. The letter was led by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Janice Hahn (D-CA), and Scott Peters (D-CA).
How do we respond to fear with the power of Love? How do we get beyond the rhetoric and hate speech to act in a way that starts to transform us and our neighbors? How do we live our faith through action?
The temptation to react to violence with fear and more violence is strong. The recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut are tragic and demand a response. But a response based on fear will not lead to security or peace. A response based on fear can lead to the sacrifice of the very freedoms we cherish.
Fifty-five members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama supporting international negotiations to end the civil war in Syria. The letter, led by Rep. Jim Himes (CT), calls on the President to use the full authority of his office to “convene international negotiations designed to stop the civil war in Syria.”
Delegations, Tour Groups, and Peacebuilding Organizations
Most visits to Israel/Palestine stay on the beaten path. These suggestions can help policymakers and members of the public gain a greater understanding of the conflict, and to witness first-hand the work of Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders to bring about a just and lasting resolution to the conflict.
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