Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) re-launched the bipartisan Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus at a press conference last week. She was joined by Congressman Ted Poe (R-Humble, TX), and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) who were on Capitol Hill to advocate against radicalization. More than 20 members of Congress have already joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, taking a strong stand against religious persecution.
“Ahmadiyya Muslims face persecution, human rights abuses, and threats to their religious freedom around the world, simply for practicing their peaceful faith,” said Speier. “In the United States, we have a proud tradition of religious tolerance and basic freedoms to practice religion without the fear of persecution. I am proud to be co-chair of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, and will work with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to combat religious intolerance no matter the victim, no matter the circumstance, no matter the country. We all deserve the dignity of faith.”
The bipartisan Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus was first launched last Congress. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist, and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions.