True Islam event on Capitol Hill draws bipartisan support
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA announced the True Islam and the Extremists campaign on Capitol Hill today. Seven Congress Members and a State Department representative attended to publicly announce their support of this unprecedented effort to combat terrorism and improve national security. Staff of Congressional offices, NGOs, local city and state officials, members of law enforcement and faith leaders were in attendance as well.
The True Islam campaign uses the Quran and Prophet Muhammad’s example to effectively rebut 11 common misconceptions about Islam that extremists use to radicalize youth. These 11 points include Islam’s correct view on freedom of speech, religious freedom, and women’s rights.
“I’m very proud to be a supporter of your campaign. The True Islam campaign is so important,” said Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), “President Obama asked us to unite against ISIS. This is the answer to the President.”
“Islamophobia has no place in our country,” said Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), “We must never use fear to harm innocent people. Unfortunately, that is happening today.” Representatives Honda and Chu spoke about how unchecked and unethical journalism and
fear of Japanese people resulted in internment camps. They vowed to work to prevent this from happening to any group ever again, especially given the current Islamophobic rhetoric.
“Your True Islam campaign is a gift to us,” said Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), co-chair of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, “We need to get rid of ignorance sown by ISIS and politicians.” Representative Speier commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s efforts following 9/11, “You did not flinch after 9/11. You have hosted Muslims for Life blood drives here for the past few years. Nationally, you collected over 40,000 units of blood, some of that blood being yours and even mine. You are not flinching in the aftermath of San Bernardino. You’ve come forward with this bold claim of True Islam. Your speaking up today is going to do so much to educate Muslims and Americans.”