Governor Tom Wolf signs “The Pledge to Combat Bigotry.”
Marwan Kreidie (seated at right) and Jacob Bender (standing at right) were in attendance.
By Jacob Bender
CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director
Last Wednesday, September 30, I travelled to Harrisburg with a group organized by the Arab American Institute (AAI) in Washington, DC and Marwan Kreidie, an AAI activist from Philadelphia. During the day, we met with Governor Tom Wolf, who signed “The Pledge to Combat Bigotry,” a public statement against anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hatred in politics.
It is a sad commentary on our nation’s history that two-and-a-quarter centuries after the Bill of Rights was signed, a century-and-a-half after the end of American slavery, and 50 years since the passing of the great civil rights acts of the 1960s, we find it necessary to ask our elected officials to sign a pledge against anti-Muslim bigotry in contemporary political discourse. But for American Muslims, this is no ordinary time. Read more…