US Congress Passes Ramadan Resolution

Washington, DC: A resolution recognising the holy month of Ramadan and expressing the “deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world” was adopted in the US House of Representatives on October 2 by a vote of 376-0, a USINFO article said on Thursday.
The resolution, “Recognising Commencement of Ramadan and Commending Muslims for Their Faith,” the first of its kind, was introduced by Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson and co-sponsored by 30 legislators, including Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, according to USINFO.
The author of the bill, Eddie Bernice Johnson, told the house, “The Muslim American community contributes to the vibrant growth of American society and culture. Muslim Americans play a significant role in our nation’s political process, economic growth, scientific development, free enterprise, religious tolerance, law enforcement and homeland security.
“It should be imperative for all of us non-Muslims to learn about this faith, which too often has been misunderstood and mischaracterized,” he said.
American Muslim reaction to the resolution has been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to Corey Saylor of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“It’s a sign that Muslims in America are growing in their recognition as being part of the mainstream fabric of the United States,” he said.


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