Attorney General Commended

Washington, DC: The Muslim Public Affairs Council has commended Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for calling on 100 US attorneys to partner with the American Muslim community, which he said "cannot be done effectively without Muslim community leadership."
Gonzales said, in part (click here to view full remarks):
"You also have a duty to show your colleagues and your districts that we are not engaged in a struggle against a faith or religion. On the contrary, we very much need the partnership of the Muslim community. Discouraging radicalism is vital, and that cannot be done effectively without Muslim community leadership. So seek it out in your districts. We believe in religious freedom for everyone. The Department of Justice is committed to protect these rights, and in doing so, I think we promote trust and provide an alternative way to that of radicalization."
Gonzales made the remarks recently at the US Attorneys' National Security Conference in Columbia, South Carolina.
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The remarks follow a meeting of Muslim and Arab American groups with the Attorney General in which leaders underscored the need for enhanced interaction between the Department of Justice and community-based organizations like MPAC.
SEE: "MPAC Raises Concerns Over Increased Islamophobia To Attorney General"
In their meeting on Monday, MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati and leaders from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Arab American Institute, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) also stressed the need for the Department of Justice to take a leadership role in promoting integration by speaking against Islamophobia, especially when anti-Muslim statements are associated with law enforcement officials.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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