STATEMENT FROM OCCJ
STATEMENT FROM OCCJ:
As our community mourns the tragedy in Moore last week, we at the Oklahoma Center
for Community and Justice respectfully ask that the House Counterterrorism Caucus
temper their rhetoric and leave the investigation of this heinous crime to
appropriate law enforcement officials.
We agree with Gov. Mary Fallin and the caucus that citizens should always be on
alert. After all, we live in dangerous times. However, we ask that state leaders not
make sweeping assertions that link all Muslims to terrorist groups.
Such associations are dangerous and only amplify a volatile environment. In the last
three weeks, Muslims across the state have reported harassment, hate mail, death
threats and the desecration of mosques. No peaceful, law-abiding citizen deserves
this – especially in a state that prides itself on friendliness.
The caucus’s statement that “people know” the crime in Moore was linked to terrorist
groups, along with a call for “public discussion,” suggests a lynch mob. Law-abiding
Muslims across our state and around the world have repeatedly denounced ISIS and
should not be linked to their actions, nor should elected leaders be so careless
with their words.
Furthermore, the caucus’s suggestion that Sharia law played a role in the Moore
tragedy underscores their disregard or misunderstanding of Sharia law, which teaches
its adherents to be good citizens.
We join the entire state – including thousands of peace-seeking Muslims – in voicing
our outrage about the violence here and abroad. We fully support our law enforcement
officers in their investigation. We simply ask that our citizens and leaders allow
other innocent citizens to live here in peace, regardless of their religious
NOTE: OCCJ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism.