"They hate Jews, they hate Christians, they hate women, they hate dogs [The idea of the new mosque] scares the daylights out of me." 
Sadly, this is just a small sample of the vitriol directed at the Muslim community in recent weeks as a growing chorus of fear-mongers tries to stop Muslims from worshiping freely. 
Lumping all Muslims in with terrorists, Sarah Palin said a proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York is a "provocation" that "stabs at hearts," and Newt Gingrich called it an "insult" to Americans.
Our country is better than this. Our faiths are better than this.
Here at Faithful America we draw on many faith traditions, but our common commitment to justice and the common good brings us together. Our Muslim community members and partners have been with us on all our campaigns from health care reform to repairing our broken immigration system to opposing torture.
We won't stand by silently as members of our community are defamed as "terrorists" and "un-American."
We'll send the letter and signatures to leaders in the American Muslim community - as well as vocal Islamic Center opponents like Palin and Gingrich. They need a reminder that you can't "defend America" by betraying our deepest values.
While we all have an obligation to treat victims of crime and terrorism with sensitivity, we also need to remember that Muslims were not only among those murdered on 9/11, but there is no stronger refutation of the terrorist ideology than American Muslims peacefully integrated into the fabric of our communities.
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