Major City Passes New Law Condemning “Hate Speech” Against Muslims

Major City Passes New Law Condemning “Hate Speech” Against Muslims

Many Muslims across the country have been in fear as Donald Trump has become seemingly unstoppable. Some have claimed that there has been a rise in Islamophobia. And so one city is taking proactive action. The Miami Commission passed a resolution condemning hate speech and violence against Muslims.

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The resolution passed on October 13th, sponsored by Vice Chair Ken Russell, received an anonymous vote in its favor. The goal of the resolution was to show “solidarity with Muslims and those targeted for their ethnicity, race, or religion.” Russell claimed that there are thousands of Muslims in Miami who needed a voice. There are between 120,000 and 140,000 Muslims in the Miami area.

Shabbir Motorwala, of the Council of South Florida Muslim Organizations, spoke in favor of the resolution. “It’s a very strong message the city will be sending to the people preaching about the hate, not against Muslims, but against anybody,” he said. “The Muslim community is really pleased with this resolution, and I hope this will send a strong message to hate-mongers around the country.”

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Nezar Hamze, a deputy with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and operations director with the Council of American-Islamic Relations, fought tears when the resolution was passed. “I wanted to thank you for your courage commissioner,” he said. “As a father I appreciate your courage. It’s hard raising children when politicians attack your faith and for you to have the courage, the political courage, which is often absent, is tremendous.”

Wilfredo Ruiz, communications director with CAIR Florida, says there has been a 500% increase in hate crimes against Muslims in Florida over the last year. “Resolutions like this really help foster a better environment, where the contributions of this many Muslims that have served and keep on serving our nation are protected, and we are embraced as another part of the American fabric,” Ruiz said.

Commissioner Frank Carollo wanted to have the resolution expanded to include all people. But Russell, the sponsor of the resolution, refused. “It’s not meant to be a blanket statement,” Russell responded. “I really brought this up because there is an epidemic of hate crimes against Muslims, bullying against Muslim children and our fear over national security is starting to affect the way we treat our fellow human beings. It’s creating an overtone of racism, of an ethnic divisiveness that I believe we need to take a stand on.”

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