Colorado Imam Council Applauds Hickenlooper, Calls for Holding on to Positive Values Which Built America
--For Immediate Release--
(DENVER, CO, 11/20/15) - The Colorado Imam Council (CIC) applauds Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for welcoming Syrian refugees to Colorado, calls for self-introspection and holding on to values on which America was built.
SEE: Colorado Will Accept Syrian Refugees Hickenlooper Says
The CIC shares in the condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Paris as all civil society does. We must not however forget the many thousands more innocent victims still desperately fleeing Syria with their families and little belonging from the very same extremists who wish to inflict upon them harm.
Governor Hickenlooper's commitment to refugee resettlement efforts in our beautiful state regardless of race and ethnicity, is a refreshing and positive sign that not all lawmakers are vulnerable to the fear-mongering and bigotry that is seen fueling this debate.
Trust must be placed in our government's vetting and security process of those seeking admittance to the United States under normal conditions as well as those seeking refuge and asylum in US soil. Not a single one of the two million refugees that have entered the US in the last 20 years have been convicted of any act of terrorism. We should not allow fear-mongering and speculation to change our values and behaviors as citizens of this country.
America since it's inception, has a long standing and proud history of welcoming refugees from around the world seeking assistance, freedom from persecution, or just looking to fulfill hopes and dreams in a land of opportunity.
At times like this while contemplating what to do with regards to the question of 'refugees', it behooves us to remember this very poem engraved on our Statue of Liberty that generations of Immigrants read as they arrived to start their new lives.
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Coordinator - Colorado Imam Council
Imam Shakir Muhammad
The Colorado Imam Council
The Colorado Imam Council strives to unite the Colorado Muslim community through communication, coordination and by representing the Colorado Muslim community with one voice on Islamic issues.