Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters Statement on the Supreme Court’s Muslim Ban Ruling Faith-based and humanist groups call on government and society to reaffirm American values June 26, 2018 – The Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters campaign, a program of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), is deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. This decision sets a dangerous precedent by upholding a government policy directed against adherents of a specific religion — a policy that targets Muslim-majority countries for religious discrimination. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor points out in her dissenting opinion on the case, “by blindly accepting the Government’s misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group, all in the name of a superficial claim of national security, the Court redeploys the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one ‘gravely wrong’ decision with another.” In this time of great sadness, it is essential for America’s interfaith community to stand together in reaffirming our basic values, which we share with the vast majority of Americans: Respect for diversity, pluralism, and religious freedom: The Muslim ban discriminates against people from Muslim-majority countries and is consistent not only with the President’s campaign promises but also with his anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies. As such, this discriminatory ban violates the principles embodied in the First Amendment and our country’s commitment to religious freedom and equality. Care for the stranger and the needy: Our country aspires to welcome and support immigrants and those seeking refuge. Closing our doors to those fleeing horrific violence flies in the face of some of our country’s proudest moments when we welcomed those in need. Civil liberties: The ban clearly targets one religious identity: Muslim. This kind of discrimination reinforces and emboldens prejudice and discrimination against Muslims in the United States. Unity and solidarity: Policies which single out specific religious, racial, or ethnic groups violate the sense of national unity and solidarity that allows the diverse people of our nation to live in peace and harmony. Since the first version of the Muslim ban was announced in January 2017, we’ve seen countless stories of the harm and pain visited upon people from the targeted countries — and upon their family and friends already in the United States. We also know that policies of this sort have emerged and will continue to emerge as anti-Muslim sentiments grow across all levels of government and society. In response to the turbulence created by the Muslim ban, we, as a collection of faith-based and humanist organizations, call for an increase in: Interfaith engagement, such as interfaith dialogue and events that bring people of diverse traditions together for mutual encounter and learning. To get started, you can find resources through many of our Know Your Neighbor partners, including the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign. Dialogue with our neighbors, of all political, ethnic, religious, economic and racial backgrounds, because the better we know one another, the weaker stereotypes and misinformation become. Engagement with Muslims and their faith, including panel presentations by Muslim speakers and interfaith events in houses of worship or other public venues. To get started you can find resources through many of our Know Your Neighbor partners, including Islamic Networks Group and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. This is a time to come together as a community and uphold our sacred values. Therefore, in responding to the current situation, and to prepare for possible actions in the future that may likewise call our fundamental values into question, we commit ourselves, and call on all who share our concerns, to respect the principle of justice, religious liberty, and equality in word and deed. We will maintain an attitude of charity and openness to all, including those with whom we most profoundly disagree. We will seek to understand their motivations and assume that they are sincerely seeking what is right unless presented with clear evidence to the contrary. In our statements, we will condemn actions but not persons. We will speak firmly but respectfully of and with those whose words and actions we oppose. Signed: American Civil Liberties Union American Ethical Union American Leadership Forum Faith Leaders American Muslim Advisory Council Americans United for Separation of Church and State Arizona Jews for Justice Arizona Faith Network Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Bay Area Interfaith Connect Bridges of Faith Trialogue, Cincinnati Cantors and Rabbis Association of Greater San Jose Caravan The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate Civity Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau Council of Central Valley Muslim Organizations Council of Islamic Organizations of Kentucky Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Daughters of Abraham Delaware Valley Speakers Bureau Eden Area Interfaith Council Emgage Action Euphrates Institute The Evangelical-Muslim Engagement Project Faith Matters Network First Congregational United Church of Christ, Phoenix, Arizona Fountain Hills Interfaith Alliance Garden State MOSAIC Global Immersion Project GLSEN Hindu American Foundation Hope Not Hate Humanist Community in Silicon Valley Institute for Social Policy Understanding Interfaith Arkansas Interfaith Center at the Presidio Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia Interfaith Center of New York Interfaith Community of Greater Richmond Interfaith Council of Alameda County Interfaith Council of Central Florida Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County Interfaith Forum of Greenville (SC) InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston Interfaith Paths to Peace International Association for Religious Freedom Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Islamic Center of North Phoenix Islamic Education & Resources Network (ILearn) Islamic Networks Group (ING) Islamic Networks Group Midwest Islamic Society of Central Kentucky Islamic Society of Greater Houston Islamic Speakers Bureau of Alabama Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona Islamic Speakers Bureau of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Islamic Speakers Bureau of Edmonton, Canada Islamic Speakers Bureau of Greater Houston Islamic Speakers Bureau of Nebraska Islamic Speakers Bureau of New York Islamic Speakers Bureau of Saint Louis Islamic Speakers Bureau of San Diego Islamic Speakers Bureau of West Virginia Jewish Collaborative of San Diego Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa County Jewish Council for Public Affairs Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Community Relations Council Know Your Classmates Marin Interfaith Council Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice Muslim Advocates Muslim Coalition of Connecticut Muslim Community Center, East Bay Muslim-Jewish Connect Muslim Public Affairs Council Muslim Women’s Organization of Orlando NAACP of San Jose – Silicon Valley National Council of Churches National Sikh Campaign Network of Spiritual Progressives New Bridges Presbyterian Church New Jersey Islamic Networks Group Not in our Town One America Movement The Oracle Institute Pacifica Institute People Acting in Community Together (PACT) Peninsula Multifaith Coalition The People’s Supper Phillips Seminary Presbytery of San Jose-Peace and Justice Task Force Rabbi Elana Kanter Religions for Peace USA Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism Religious Freedom Center Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL) Salam Speakers Bureau San Francisco Interfaith Council Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau Se7enfast Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign The Sikh Coalition Silicon Valley Interreligious Council Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Speakers Bureau of Nebraska Spokane Interfaith Council Stone Creek Zen Center Tanenbaum Tikkun Magazine Tri City Interfaith Council Tri-Valley Cultural Jews The United Church of Christ Unite Cloud United Islamic Center of Arizona United Religions Initiative Unity Production Foundation Uri L’Tzedek: The Jewish Orthodox Social Justice Movement Washington Ethical Society Welcoming Gainesville Wisdom Circle Ministry Women’s Jewish Learning Center Youth Celebrate Diversity Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters (KYN-ME) is a program of Islamic Networks Group (ING) with 100 partners representing interfaith, community-based, and civil rights organizations located in all 50 states that work together to dispel stereotypes through education and interfaith engagement. The Know Your Neighbor initiative was first formed and launched as a policymaking effort by the White House in 2016. It was later expanded to include grassroots outreach activity by ING and became known as KYN-ME.