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Peitition in Support of Religious Freedom and Tolerance

In the wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been dominating the press,  National security law expert, Suzanne Spaulding, has created an on-line petition for Americans to register their support for religious freedom. Her letter follows:

Dear Friends,
I have been increasingly concerned over the last few weeks about the anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been spreading across the country, from opposition to mosques in places like Tennessee and California to voices calling September 11 “Burn the Koran Day.” It saddens me personally and worries me from a national security perspective because it fuels the terrorists’ propaganda. Moreover, I don’t believe it is a true reflection of America. I have worked with a few other individuals to put together a statement reaffirming America’s commitment to religious freedom and tolerance, which is pasted below. We are hoping to get as many signatures of ordinary Americans as we can to correct the record on what America stands for.

I firmly believe these are values shared by Americans of all stripes. This is why we are doing this as individuals, rather than as any particular organization. The effort will not be used to harvest names or email addresses for future communications. We are not soliciting money for this effort — just asking people to add their voices to the following statement:
We are proud to live in the United States, a country founded on constitutional principles of tolerance and religious freedom.
We affirm America’s commitment to these principles.
We condemn bigotry and intolerance by any and all, especially those who murder others in the false name of their religion.
We condemn the act of burning the Koran, a sacred text for millions of Americans and others around the world, as we would condemn the burning of all sacred texts.
We pledge to remember Americans and others from around the world, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths, who were murdered on September 11, 2001, American service men and women of all faiths who have lost their lives in the wars since then, and innocent civilians, of all faiths, who have died in those wars, and to honor their sacrifice by reaffirming our commitment to the principles of tolerance and religious freedom.
We encourage all to light a candle on the evenings of September 10 and 11 in memoriam and in reaffirmation of these principles.
If you agree with this statement, I hope you will sign the pledge at: http://tiny.cc/Tolerance .

And please urge your friends, family, colleagues and others to consider this, too,
so that we can clearly show that the voices of intolerance do not reflect the true America.
Thanks very much for considering this.
Warmest regards,
Suzanne Spaulding

A very worth project that I would encourage everybody to consider.

(HT: Neal Sonnett)

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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