Wednesday, April 04, 2007
  Human Rights Campaign Clergy Call for Justice
From the HRC website: "Clergy from every state in the nation will converge on Capitol Hill to raise public awareness of the need for congress to pass legislation combating hate-motivated violence and banning workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Now is the time. Legislation to address hate crimes and employment discrimination will be moving in Congress this April. Americans need clergy to stand up for them now — and politicians need clergy to remind them of their moral duty to protect those who are most vulnerable."

I will be participating in this event, April 16th-17th, in Washington DC, representing Muslims for Progressive Values. (www.mpvusa.org)

More info on the Human Rights Campaign and the Clergy Call here: http://www.hrc.org/Template.cfm?Section=Religion4&CONTENTID=35223&TEMPLATE=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm

I'm honored to be one of the Muslims presenting on this day. It is such an important issue -- either human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties are truly for all, or we sanction discrimination based upon certain religious groups ideas of sin and immorality. Once we start down that slippery slope, it won't be long until we are back to sanctioning racial discrimination, religious bigotry, and ethnic profiling.
 
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Bravo, Sister :) This is indeed a worthy cause. God willing, it will make a difference.

Ya Haqq!
 
Thank you for your stand.
 
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English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
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