Ohio Clergy and Community Leaders Hold Prayer Vigil Condemning Anti-Muslim Rhetoric


October 18, 2017


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Ohio Clergy and Community Leaders Hold Prayer Vigil Condemning Anti-Muslim Rhetoric


COLUMBUS, OH -- On Wednesday, October 18th, faith leaders and community members held a prayer vigil in solidarity with those impacted by the Trump administration’s repeated efforts at a Muslim ban. The faith community will continue to condemn these discriminatory attacks on religious freedom, Muslims and refugees.


To watch the entire livestreamed video, click here.


Imam Horsed Noah, Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center:

“We need Congress to step up and finally put a stop to this administration’s continuous attempts at an unconstitutional ban on Muslims and unlawful discrimination against certain nationalities. Freedom to practice one’s religion and to be free from discrimination are fundamental values we must defend. Our core values as a nation are at stake and people’s lives depend on it.”


Dr. Tarunjit Butalia, Interfaith Association of Central Ohio:

“The fundamental challenge with this thinly veiled Muslim ban is that it institutionalizes not just Islamophobia but also dehumanizes our Muslim brothers and sisters so we can then treat them as subhuman.”


Pastor Jason Ridley, Hilltop Community Worship Center:

“As a Christian minister of the gospel, I find it cruel and ironic that in a country where people in the White House and halls of Congress profess Christianity, their laws and legislations are not bathed in the spirit of what Christianity is all about. At its core, our belief is that because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are no longer banned. The United States of America was founded on the principle of the freedom of religion but we have an administration that is trying with everything in its power to ban Muslims from this country. This is not a travel ban but a Muslim ban which is unconstitutional and not representative of Christian values. As a country, we have to do better than this. And this Christian stands with Muslims.”


Jacqueline Kifuko, Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS):

“I was a refugee in Kenya - living a life of hopelessness and fear. Standing with Muslims today, I’m showing solidarity and telling our legislators there is no need to stand against them. When you think about the ban, think about the human lives.”


Usjid Hameed, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR):

“This ban clearly discriminates against Muslims: a court agreed with us last night. This decision means that a daughter will now be able to join her Syrian family in Columbus tonight. We still need permanent action. Muslim Ban 3.0 does not make America safer. Rather, the ban threatens the safety of American Muslims and threatens islamophobia here at home.”


Imran Malik, Noor Islamic Cultural Center:

“Our country was formed on the principles and values of ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall’, but yet once again, our elected leaders of the highest office in this land are showing their disagreement to this. If America, a beacon of hope and symbol of the strongest democracy in the world will choose to adapt to policies and procedures that are raising walls instead of building bridges, then my fear is, what will happen to the helpless and the vulnerable of those places where tyranny, dictatorship and aristocracy are the norms of government?”



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