"The recent statement by Muslim Advocates in an attempt to suppress the speech of those holding opposing views from theirs is disappointing, since it is based on a series of outright fabrications."
ACT for America is the nation's largest national security grassroots organization, with a zero tolerance policy for hatred or bigotry of any kind. All of our communications materials make this clear, at http://www.actforamerica.org/policy. It includes this statement:
"ACT for America has never, and will never, tolerate any bias, discrimination, or violence against anyone, based on their religion, gender, race, or political persuasion. Freedom to practice one's religion in peace is afforded to each of us by the U.S. Constitution and we will defend it vigorously."
This statement specifically includes the practice of Islam. In recent months, however, purely political advocacies like Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center have deliberately attempted to redefine legitimate political differences as hate, in an effort to stop any public conversation about them. Many journalists have begun to question the honesty of this tactic.
The upcoming ACTCON 2017 event is in it’s ninth year, and has been held without incident of any kind throughout it’s history. This year’s speakers include a Palestinian Muslim, a LGBT daughter of holocaust survivors, a Native American, and an Arabic Christian. It is emceed by a LGBT man. This diversity is something of which we are proud, and it points to the fundamental deceit in Muslim Advocates statement.
By attempting to pressure the venue to cancel it through the distribution of outright lies, Muslim Advocates simply exposes itself as a dishonest political partisan on issues important to millions of Americans. We hope they reconsider their outrageous conduct if they wish to be taken seriously in these conversations of public interest.
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