Kansas Interfaith Action condemns in the strongest possible terms the anti-Muslim hate tweets sent out by President Trump yesterday.
It appears that the videos retweeted by the president were either falsified or were cherry-picked from multiple years and multiple countries. But that shouldn't even matter. Sending out such images is a vile act, not worthy of the office of president. We can well imagine an autocratic leader of another country tweeting the worse possible images of Jews or Christians, and we would condemn them. What we could never imagine, before this year, is the president of the United States doing such a thing.
KIFA has two core principles: the first, taken from Jewish and Christian theology, is that every human being is created in the image of God, worthy of dignity and respect, and the second, from the 14th Amendment, is that everyone has the right to equal protection under the law. Though it shouldn't need to be said, this includes Muslims. The president's acts are in direct opposition to both of these principles.
We cannot imagine the pain that Muslim Kansans feel at being singled out like this by their president. KIFA has always stood shoulder-to-shoulder with these wonderful people, and so we stand today.
KIFA calls on Gov. Sam Brownback, Ambassador-designate for Religious Freedom, to condemn Pres. Trump's statements as a direct attack on the religious freedom of Muslims, in America and around the world.
In addition, we call on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has utilized racism and Islamophobia for political purposes in the past, and who just this week held a fundraiser with Donald Trump Jr., to condemn the president's actions and to declare that he believes in and will stand up for the rights of Muslim Kansans.
And we ask all of our supporters and friends around the state to make clear statements, in their churches, synagogues and fellowships this weekend, in opposition to the president's racist statements, and in support of the rights and dignity of Muslim Americans.
May God deliver us from these dark times soon.