A national group of American Muslims and American Jews who advocate for issues of common concern.

What We Stand For

America promises all its citizens equal rights and equal protection under law. We have come together to help deliver on that promise for our communities and all Americans, and to participate in building our country pursuant to its laws and ethical traditions.

Our country is unique in being a democracy based not on religious or ethnic homogeneity but on equality of all citizens regardless of ethnicity or religion. We affirm our sacred commitment to that principle.

This commitment to a pluralistic democracy goes back to the founders of our country. As George Washington wrote to the Jewish congregation of Newport, Rhode Island: “For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” Benjamin Franklin wrote in his autobiography that he raised money to build a hall “expressly for the use of any preacher of any religious persuasion who might desire to say something to the people of Philadelphia.”

We embrace this commitment as part of the common heritage of our Abrahamic faiths expressed in different religious teachings. As it is written in the Book of Leviticus: “You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.…You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” so is it written in the Quran: “O mankind! We have created you male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another.” We believe America is the country where our religious and secular aspirations together can be realized.

Therefore, in light of a recent rise of political polarization in our country, we have come together in public to reaffirm our commitment to religious freedom and pluralism, to demonstrate solidarity with each other, and to rebind the bonds of affection with our countrymen, as Abraham Lincoln once asked of Americans, invoking the better angels of our nature.

Advocacy Issues

  • Reversing the rise in hate crimes

  • Promoting the contributions of religious minorities to America

Take Action On Combating Hate

The murders in Charlottesville, Charleston, Oak Creek, and many others – including the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City – were perpetrated by members of white supremacist groups. The recent attacks in Jeffersontown, Pittsburgh, and Christchurch, New Zealand appear to have been committed by actors influenced by the same hateful rhetoric of these groups. The same is true of the attempted bombing of a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Garden City, Kansas last year. Hate crimes victimize entire communities with people no longer feel safe to practice their religion or families attend religious services at churches, synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras or attend communal events. We can no longer ignore the mounting threats to our society by those subscribing to white supremacist ideologies and urge the U.S. Government to make this a high national priority.

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