After New Zealand Attacks, Muslim-Americans Call For Action Against Rising Bigotry

After New Zealand Attacks, Muslim-Americans Call For Action Against Rising Bigotry

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A man leads two young boys into Friday prayers as Muslim worshippers arrive for prayer following the mosque attacks in New Zealand at the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington. As New Zealand grapples with the aftermath of the attack on two Muslim congregations in Christchurch during afternoon prayers on Friday, the mass shootings on the other side of the world have struck fear through Muslim-American communities and renewed calls for action against the rise of bigotry in the U.S. Muslim-Americans urged political leaders, local officials and tech companies to confront the alarming spread of hate and racism that in recent years has led to scores of worshippers being slaughtered in religious institutions. At a press conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, Council on American-Islamic Relations Executive Director Nihad Awad demanded President Trump unequivocally condemn the attacks, saying his words and policies "impact the lives of innocent people at home and globally." Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad to Pres. Trump: "Your words matter. Your policies matter … You should condemn this not only as a hate crime, but as a white supremacist terrorist attack … You need to condemn this community today." pic.twitter.com/xp6WjAbGs7 — MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 15, 2019 "You should condemn this not only as a hate crime, but as a white supremacist terrorist attack," Awad said. "You need to assure all of us — Muslims, blacks, Jews, immigrants — that we are protected and you will not tolerate any physical violence against us because […]

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