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Rep. Chu Reintroduces Resolution Celebrating American Muslims

April 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) has reintroduced a resolution to celebrate the history and contributions of American Muslims and acknowledge their contributions to our nation. The resolution highlights the over 5,000 American Muslims currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as distinguished American Muslims who are U.S. military veterans, including Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in a suicide attack in Iraq in 2004 and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. The resolution also recognizes the contributions by American Muslims who are renown physicians, scientists, business owners, service workers, teachers, police officers, firefighters, and first responders. In addition, it highlights American Muslims like Muhammad Ali who have won Olympic medals, entertainers like Hasan Minaj and Mahershala Ali, and other professional athletes including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal. The resolution identifies many influential religious leaders and civil rights activists like Malcom X and Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, as well as elected officials like Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Congressman Andre Carson (IN-7). Rep. Chu issued the following statement:

“America is great because we have been shaped by the aspirations and hard work of people from every country and religion. That includes our vibrant American-Muslim community. Whether born here or an immigrant here, American Muslims are as vital to our history and our future as anyone, which is why it is so heartbreaking to see so many attempts at division and fear mongering from even the highest levels of our government. Instead, this resolution emphasizes the works and contributions of American Muslims who broke barriers, designed our skylines, brought about innovations in science and technology, fought for us, educated us, and continue to shape our culture. I’m proud to celebrate our diversity and to judge people based on what they do, not who they worship. With this resolution, I hope we can continue to build connections and appreciation, not division and fear.”