Muslim and Christian Leaders Mark the Start of Ramadan by Denouncing SNAP Cuts

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May 16, 2018

 

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Muslim and Christian Leaders Mark the Start of Ramadan by Denouncing SNAP Cuts

 

Nearly 700 interfaith leaders endorse national letter calling on Congress to reject

immoral Farm Bill

 

Washington, D.C. -- The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a Farm Bill that would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for two million Americans very soon. In light of our current entry into the holy month of Ramadan, Muslim and interfaith leaders are calling on Congress to reject this immoral legislation.

 

Nearly 700 faith leaders from across the country have signed a letter asking Congress to protect SNAP, saying “If Congress turns away from people in poverty, God will turn away from us.” To view the full list of signers, click here.

 

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life:

“As we mark the start of the Ramadan, I remain inspired by the compassion and generosity of my Muslim family. Their devotion to charity and to feeding the needy is especially clear in this Holy month. I pray that Congress will follow a similar impulse to care for hungry people and protect food assistance for struggling families, seniors and veterans in the coming vote on the Farm Bill.”

Afif Rahman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Poligon Education Fund:

“In Islam, we believe that to save one life is to save all of humanity, and holding food ransom from hungry people threatens millions of lives. Currently, it is the Holy Month of Ramadan; a month of deep gratitude, compassion, contemplation, transformation, and service, and also a time when many Muslims will fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, experiencing a glimpse of what hunger feels like. In that spirit, we urge Congress to vote NO on the Farm Bill; vote NO on cutting funding for SNAP. We also request members of Congress on both sides of the aisle embrace democracy and bipartisanship to draft a Farm Bill that protects and increases funding for SNAP and does not force Americans to decide between working and staying alive.”

 

Imam Horsed Noah, Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center & Somali Islamic Centers of Ohio:

"During Ramadan, we fast due to devotion to God and in celebration of the revelation of the Qur’an but also in solidarity with our struggling family who face hunger every day. We give to relieve their plight but all of our private charity and all the charity of other faith groups in the United States is not enough. The federal government plays a vital role in securing food for the needy. As Congress prepares to vote on the farm bill, I pray that they act on God’s hunger for justice and vote to protect SNAP food assistance for millions.”

 

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