Letter shares concerns about rhetoric and appointments, urges rejection of divisive politics

(Washington, D.C., 1/11/16) – A nationwide group of American Muslim leaders issued a joint letter to president-elect Donald Trump calling on him to reconsider troubling policies proposed during his campaign as well as recent announcements regarding appointments to his upcoming administration. The letter has been signed by over 500 leaders to date.


Initiated by a consultative network of national organizations and organizers, the letter is the first public communication to the new administration from American Muslims who work actively every day to serve and enrich their communities and their country.


More than 500 community leaders from around the country have signed the letter, with the number of signatures doubling in only one week. They include individuals at the forefront of community service, education and empowerment in diverse settings such as the academy, mosques, advocacy, civic and interfaith engagement, to name a few. Prominent signatories include Khizr Khan (the Gold Star father who spoke passionately in defense of the Constitution at the Democratic National Convention), Dalia Mogahed (Author of "Who Speaks for Islam?"), and former NFL football player Husain Abdullah.


The letter, published at MuslimLetterToTrump.com, in part, states:


“Like other Americans, we love our country and are committed to preserving religious freedom, equal opportunity and equal protection under the law for all. As our President-Elect, one of your duties is to ensure our collective safety and security. This includes protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans to freely practice their faith, without fear, intimidation or reprisal…


Your recent denunciation of such behavior on 60 Minutes was a positive first step, and we urge you to clearly and strongly condemn bigotry, hate crimes and bias-based school bullying directed at any American, including American Muslims. We call on you to make mutual respect and acceptance a hallmark of your presidency…


Just as with previous administrations, we will continue to engage all levels of our government to make America great. As engaged citizens, we also pledge to holding you and all elected officials accountable for upholding our Constitution and the equal protections it guarantees. We will raise our voices together with all Americans who share our concerns to protect these values.”


To view the entire text and see a list of all the signatories, visit, MuslimLetterToTrump.com (Please note: Organization names are for affiliation purposes and do not signify endorsement.)


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