American ideals are undermined when we discriminate against Muslims, or persons of any faith.
Anti-Muslim rhetoric has entered the U.S. political and mainstream public discourse, with politicians calling for extreme, xenophobic measures such as surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods, shutting down mosques, and banning Muslims from entering the United States entirely. This fear mongering has coincided with an increase of hate crimes against Muslim Americans. It also undermines both American ideals and national security interests. America’s strength is in its diversity and its commitment to creating a just and fair society. To uphold these ideals, we must forcefully condemn Islamophobia.