USCMO Decries Muslim Ban, Affirms Justice for All
(WASHINGTON, D.C., June 26, 2018) - The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of leading national, regional, and local Muslim-American organizations, considers the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to uphold President Donald Trump's disgraceful and bigoted Muslim Ban a sad and regrettable one.
"This is a tragic day for America and affirms to the world that the torch of liberty, tolerance and justice - once held high in this nation - has been cast down," said USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal.
"The decision to empower Presidential fear mongering contradicts America's signature stance astride the most welcoming land in the world - a country known for inspiring nations to 'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ...'. This decision willfurther tarnish America and its peoples dimming prestige on the world stage," said USCMO board member and Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) Executive Director, Khalil Meek
History will judge this Court harshly and its decision to endorse discrimination against a religious community - Muslims - as a travesty of justice. This decision will take its place of infamy alongside past morally repugnant High Court verdicts, including Dred Scot v. Sanford (the Supreme Court ruled that Americans of African descent, whether free or slave, were not American citizens and could not sue in federal court), Korematsu v. U.S. (which interned Japanese Americans), and Plessy v. Ferguson (separate but equal).
The great majority of Americans - who overwhelmingly and commendably oppose this thinly veiled vilification of Muslims and their religion - instantly voiced their outrage at this decision and their intent to fight this unfairness until they once again vindicate this nation and its open culture.
The American Muslim community stands arm-in-arm with their fellow Americans, ready to work to uplift those who are sinking into a dark place of hate and incivility that is now almost becoming governing policy and law.
American Muslims for Palestine is a founding member of USCMO.