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 celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit