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February 02, 2017

Veterans Stand With the Muslim Community

Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, in partnership with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center of Baltimore, participated in a conversation about unity, service, and ending anti-Muslim bigotry.

When U.S. military veterans took their oath to defend this country and its values, they did so without regard to any specific race, creed, or religion. Freedom of religion and equality are not only ideals cherished by the nation as a whole; they are embodied in the service members who fight to protect it. American Muslims have been faithfully serving in the United States military since its founding, and many have given their lives for their country.

Now, veterans of all faiths, including Muslim veterans, are speaking out against the resurgence of bigotry being heard in today’s national dialogue. We proudly host these veterans as they address a problem once posed by Dr. Martin Luther King:

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”