MLFA Opposes Ineffective Legislation that has Potential Anti-Muslim Consequences

MLFA Joins National Organizations in Letter to Congressional Leaders to Express Concerns about Ineffective Legislation that Unfairly Targets Muslims in America

DALLAS – Dec. 9, 2015 – On December 4, a coalition of national civil liberty and community organizations sent a letter to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) that expressed opposition to H.R. 2899, the Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015, on grounds that include:

  • There is no evidence that CVE programming is effective
  • CVE programming stigmatizes and alienates American Muslim communities
  • Programs encouraging children to report suspicious behavior have the potential to turn schools into hostile places for Muslim children
  • Mischaracterizing religious expression as suspicious behavior or risk factors for extremism is a threat to freedom of speech, association and religion

Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America, a national charity that funds legal work to defend civil liberties in America, expressed concerns that CVE legislation would further erode the Constitutional rights of American Muslims while doing nothing to protect America.

“We are all for protecting America and creating a safer society,” said Khalil Meek, Executive Director of MLFA. “What America needs is a solution that works, not one that has already been proved to be a failure or one that erodes civil liberties.”

Meek encourages citizens to call their congressional representatives to voice concerns over the CVE Act and its potential to erode the civil rights of Muslims and other minorities in America.

Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many of our nation’s civil liberties.

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