T’ruah has responded to a wave of attacks and discrimination against American Muslims by joining a chorus of interfaith voices speaking out against anti-Muslim bigotry, and promoting acceptance and tolerance. We have partnered with Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values, a coalition of 23 religious organizations that are engaged in efforts to create interfaith understanding and solidarity with Muslims, and continue to support their efforts to involve religious and community leaders from all faith backgrounds in tackling anti-Muslim attacks and proposed legislation in communities across the United States.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects the freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly, which are also essential American values. Yet across the United States, we see attempts to prevent the construction of mosques, proposed legislation to ban the right-wing bogeyman of Sharia law, and the vilification of our Muslim neighbors and friends as un-American. As Jews, we remember that not too long ago, we too were the victims of suspicion and hatred based on our religion and ethnicity. While we share the concern of every American about terrorism, individual Muslims must not be held responsible for the actions of a few radicals.