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NEW YORK, NY (January 5, 2016) – Islamic Circle of North America is appalled by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign ad released today. Trump’s racist, bigoted politics of division will separate Americans rather than focusing on the immense challenges facing our nation.
Muslim Americans are as deeply rooted in the United States as any other religious faith, and have been an integral part of our society.
We would like to quote President Barack Obama’s statement made last month in response to Trump’s position- “Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes — and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. Muslims are living in the US for centuries. Muslims are not the others or foreigners, but they are Americans”.
ICNA reiterates its commitment to working with its Muslim and interfaith partners under the campaign “One America” announced by the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of national and regional Muslim organizations.
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.