The US House Passes Bill To Combat Islamophobia


TIO: WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/10/2021 – The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), on behalf of our member institutions and American Muslims, commend Reps Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) for introducing – and the US House for passing – the Combating International Islamophobia Act. We also thank President Joseph Biden for announcing his crucial support of this important legislation hours before the House vote.

Special gratitude goes to Ilhan Omar for personally carrying USCMO’s request for the appointment of a US Envoy to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia to Pres. Biden immediately after his inauguration early this year.

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USCMO members and our constituencies also salute Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) for also introducing the Act’s Senate companion bill yesterday. The bill will require the Department of State to establish a Special Envoy to track and prevent Islamophobia worldwide.

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“If this bill passes into law, as we hope, it will greatly help our legislators and US officials to learn the causes and spread of anti-Muslim hatred and violence and to create a complete and well-implemented strategy to combat this growing scourge at its roots throughout the world,” said USCMO Sec. Gen. Oussama Jammal. “The diplomatic and practical effects of this law and the appointment of a US State Department Special Envoy on Islamophobia will be nothing less than dramatic. It will establish the US as a global leader in combating Islamophobia.”

Numerous studies, reports, and surveys have shown an alarming rise in anti-Muslim bigotry and acts of violence in the US and many other countries since 9/11. USCMO-member organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), notes that a staggering 69% of Muslims say they have personally faced acts of anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination in this 20-year span. The United Nations Human Rights Council released a disturbing report showing nearly 40% of people in the world – and 30% of Americans – harbor hostile views about Muslims and that “institutional suspicion and fear of Muslims … has escalated to epidemic proportions.”

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In this light, we urge the US Senate and President Biden to pass and sign into law the Combating International Islamophobia Act as soon as possible. The appointment of a US Envoy to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia will prove a critical component in our nation’s and president’s vital mission of securing the lives and wellbeing of all Americans and promoting an urgently needed harmony and peace between America and the peoples of the world.

Compiled by Humra Rizvi and Curated by Maham Abbasi.

Source: Contributed by Masood Rab USCMO (US Council of Muslim Organizations) , Copy Edited by Adam Rizvi