—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (September 23, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America issued a press release today calling the Irvine 11 verdict “a selective application of justice.”
“We are deeply saddened by the guilty verdict in the Irvine 11 case, and our thoughts and prayers are with the students and their families.
It is a tragic day for freedom of speech in America and for the American people when political dissent is tried as a criminal offense. The guilty verdict undermines the very foundation of non-violent protest, which has been an integral part of America’s history and is continually promoted by America across the globe.
The censorship of dissident voices cannot be accepted in the United States, yet today we witnessed just that. This case was a selective application of justice, and this verdict is a blow to the civil rights of Americans across the country.
We pray for the Irvine 11 and stand in solidarity with them. They are champions for the First Amendment and for the values of our country.”
The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
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