August 8, 2022

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Interfaith Alliance: Following Albuquerque Attacks, We Must Show Up For Our Muslim Siblings

WASHINGTON—Religious freedom advocates are joining in solidarity with the Muslim American community and calling for greater investments in measures to prevent hate crimes that actually keep communities of color and religious minorities safe, following the murder of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, interim president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

“When anti-Muslim extremists commit acts of violence, we have a responsibility to show up for our Muslim siblings. Our hearts are with the Albuquerque Muslim community whose lives have been shaken by this horrific string of attacks. Although investigations into potential suspects and motive are ongoing, the impact this has on the broader Muslim community is undeniable.

“At a time when hate groups are becoming more vocal, visible, and violent, government agencies must work with grassroots organizations to create environments in which all of us are equally safe and empowered to thrive. Historically, our justice system has diverted attention and resources towards counterterrorism efforts which disproportionately target communities of color and religious minorities. These attacks underscore the urgency of investing in programs and initiatives that target hate at the root and protect the most vulnerable.

“The constitutional promise of religious freedom will never be realized until all of us, regardless of faith or belief, can live, love, and worship free from discrimination.”

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Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit