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(ATLANTA, GA, Dec. 12, 2014) – The Atlanta chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America has launched a billboard campaign to encourage dialogue and mutual understanding.
Racism and religious bigotry are not issues of the past in America. They are widespread and shockingly prevalent, running counter to the founding principles of this country. In addition to targeting other racial and religious minorities, hateful rhetoric and action affect Muslims adversely as well.
In a recent protest in Kennesaw, Georgia, some of the residents rallied against the establishment of an Islamic center, calling Islam an evil religion and accusing Muslims of terrorism. This abusive language affected the local Muslim community unfavorably. The city council initially turned down their request to establish a mosque but reviewing decision on technical grounds.
It is necessary to pro-actively address such bigotry and ignorance by speaking out and educating fellow Americans.
The Atlanta chapter of ICNA has taken a positive step and put up the WhyIslam billboard with the message: “Islam? Get the Facts” in that area, at the I-75 North, near Exit 265. A second billboard has been in place since last week in Macon, Georgia, at the I-75 North near Exit 164. The aim is to facilitate healthy dialogue between communities and provide access to the proper message of Islam.
“Silent No More” – Be part of the da’wah effort as a volunteer or a donor. Visit www.icnaAtlanta.org.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It serves as both a reminder of one of the most traumatizing occurrences to unfold on American soil and as a testimony to the resilience of every community living here in America.