The New Jersey chapter of the the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has come out in support of a Jersey City resolution “condemning and combating Islamophobia,” calling on other municipalities to follow suit.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Language is important. Language can shape the way we understand our world. Language that unequivocally condemns Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry is essential in a time when Muslims are demonized for their faith,” CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said in a statement.
“Bigotry has no place anywhere, let alone a city as diverse as Jersey City, a municipality home to a large and diverse Muslim community. Discrimination and hate crimes targeting all marginalized peoples must be fought fiercely with resolutions such as this one. I hope other New Jersey cities and towns follow suit.”
The resolution before the city council tomorrow says that the lives of people of all different religious faiths all matter, and refers to bias and hate crimes as “a stain on our community.”
” … The Municipal Council of the City of Jersey City condemns in unequivocal terms Islamophobia, and all hate directed towards Muslims, by individuals, groups, governments, and government actors, both domestic and foreign, and confirms our city’s commitment to support and assist anyone who is a victim of such bias.”
Once the resolution is approved, a copy will be sent to both Mayor Steven Fulop and Gov. Phil Murphy, the local legislation says.
CAIR defines their mission as protecting civil rights, enhancing the understanding of Islam, promoting justice, and empowering American Muslims.
The Jersey City Council convenes tomorrow via Microsoft Teams at 6 p.m.