Shoulder to Shoulder joins group of 47 organizations calling for political party accountability on anti-Muslim rhetoric
This month, Shoulder to Shoulder, along with many of its member organizations, was part of a group of 47 leading civil rights, religious, and community groups that called on the Republican and Democratic party leadership to candidates and party members accountable for bigoted rhetoric directed at religious communities. From the letter:
“Every four years, American democracy plays out on a grand scale when people from all walks of life come together to elect our next president. Many candidates- recognizing that we are stronger together- inspire Americans to join together to move our nation forward.
Sadly, on occasion, there are those who seek to divide us. The ugly, anti-Muslim rhetoric that we heard in the last week from several candidates for president is just the latest manifestation of this.
In just the last few days one candidate has suggested that he would be looking at getting rid of Muslims, while another has said that a Muslim should never be President of the United States and the Islam is incompatible with the Constitution. These ideas contradict the very essence of America- that a group of people from all walks of life, diverse in every imaginable way can form a lasting bond based on the shared belief in the principles of liberty, freedom, and justice.”
Read the full letter and view the list of signatories here.