The American Muslim Political Action Committee caused a media firestorm in the United States over the weekend after announcing it plans to hold a mass protest march in Washington D.C. on September 11.
In a statement posted on its website, the group said it is planning to stage a “million-Muslim march” on the 12th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on American soil, adding it is demanding that Muslim-Americans’ “civil rights be protected by our government” and that “laws be enacted to protect [their] First Amendment [rights].”
The group further urged President Barack Obama to “fulfill his promise from his first campaign for presidency of a transparent government” and is “asking for the release of the 9/11 commission report to the American people.”
“We American Muslims reject violence and terrorism, and defend the constitutional rights of all Americans. Every year on September 11, beginning in 2013, we will be marching in Washington, D.C., as we build toward our goal of bringing one million American Muslims to march in our nation’s capital,” the statement said.
“On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day. Muslim and non-Muslim alike were traumatized, but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti-Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam. Yet our government either sits idly by and does nothing to protect our freedoms, or it exacerbates the problem with its constant war on terrorism in Islamic countries, congressional hearings on Islam in America, and its changes to the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] law,” the statement says.
“It is time for Muslim and non-Muslim Americans to join together to defend our Constitution,” the group said.
The protest will condemn “FBI traps” and the “illegal tapping and surveilling of Muslim Americans,” as well as “media propaganda making the word terrorist synonymous with Muslim,” Isa Hodge, one of the march’s organizers told U.S. News and World Report.
Read more at Yisroel Hayom.