(Overland Park, KS, 6/27/2018) -- Kansas Interfaith Action (“KIFA”) and the Crescent Peace Society (“CPS”) today condemned the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Pres. Trump's so-called “Muslim Ban”, which enjoins immigration and travel to the United States from several Muslim majority nations, including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
“The Supreme Court today allowed to stand decisions by Pres. Trump that were motivated by racial and religious animus, with only the thinnest veneer of a national security rationale,” said Rabbi Moti Rieber, KIFA Executive Director. “The Court has permitted the president to turn his own personal prejudices towards Muslims and immigrants into national policy. It's a dark day.”
“The Supreme Court has effectively offered its approval of the president’s efforts to make good on his campaign promise to halt Muslims from entering the United States,” said CPS President, Ahsan Latif. “Predicating travel, immigration and refuge from harm on the whims of a President who has repeatedly and unrepentantly made bigoted statements about a religious minority, is un-American. The affirmation of this policy threatens our long held Constitutional value of freedom of religion to all.”
Rabbi Rieber said today's decision stands in a “hall of shame” with other decisions in American history, particularly the Korematsu decision that permitted the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. “Whenever you look at the worst Supreme Court decisions in American history,” he said, “they all have to do with the fear racial and religious 'others',” he said. “America's at its best when we're inclusive and welcoming, and this is the opposite.”
The permitted policies adversely affect American Muslims seeking to host their family members from overseas. They prevent citizens from aiding parents and grandparents seeking medical treatment and tarnish our image as a country that stands for the ideals of religious freedom and tolerance. In addition, not a single national from any of the affected countries has committed an act of terrorism on American soil. “This ‘Muslim Ban’ does not make our country safer,” said Latif. "Instead, it is a propaganda tool for our enemies who portray America as the perpetrators of a holy war against Islam."
“Our Biblical tradition teaches us to 'welcome the stranger, for we were once strangers,'” said Rabbi Rieber. “Especially given the respect to religious freedom shown by the court in the recent Masterpiece Cake decision, today's decision indicates that certain religions can be excluded from such freedom. It’s outrageous.”
The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City-area outreach organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures. Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.
Kansas Interfaith Action is a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that “puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues.