This week, in a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court issued a legal decision in Trump v Hawaii to uphold the ‘Muslim ban’. The Muslim ban creates societal divisions and discriminates against non-US citizens based on nationality. In fact, the ban goes as far as violating the very clause that established the US Constitution, which prohibits favouring one religion over another.

Quilliam International is the world’s first counter-extremism organisation. Quilliam has offices in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The organisation continues to prevent violent extremism in all its forms and seeks to promote pluralism within all sections of society.

In that spirit, Quilliam encourages the Trump administration to consider carefully the actions and consequences of rhetoric that further alienates religious and ethnic minority communities. These groups form part of the American cultural mosaic and we should be reminded that what unites us far surpasses that which divides us.

We encourage both the administration, policymakers and ordinary citizens alike to work in unity for the common interest of our society. We ask that all involved work hard to find answers for difficult national security and public concerns. By working in partnership with one another and finding nuanced and balanced approaches to our disagreements, we can work towards achieving the vision of our founding fathers.

Executive Director, Quilliam, North America, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D. comments:

“As Americans, we have been given the honour and privilege to be blessed to live in this beautiful country and encourage and advocate for all citizens of this world. We must continue to raise high the words of freedom, liberty and justice for all of humanity.”

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