As you may have learned in recent press reports, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), in partnership with other organizations, has organized a day for our Muslim neighbors to visit their legislators at the Capitol and participate in the same democratic process that is accessible to all of us. Unfortunately, there are those (including two of our elected legislators) who are actively campaigning against our fellow citizens exercising their right to visit the Capitol and visit with elected public officials.
We would like, first and foremost, to express our utter outrage at the actions of Oklahoma legislators John Bennett (R-House District 2) and Dan Fisher (R- House District 60) who have questioned the motives of CAIR-OK as they seek to engage the democratic processes of our state.
In response to the actions and comments of some of our legislators, as well as the direct threats to our faith partners at CAIR-OK and the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City by some of our fellow citizens, we join with The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma (TIA), Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Mayflower UCC,The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Respect Diversity Foundation, Fellowship UCC in Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Libertarian Party in inviting you to stand with our Muslim neighbors to ensure safe passage to and from the Capitol and legislative offices.
The fact that any group of citizens who are simply attempting to spend the day at the Capitol exercising their rights to visit with their legislators might need police protection is an affront to us all and stands in direct conflict with the principles of our democracy. We urge you to join us on Friday, February 27, starting at 8:30am, as we take a stand against hate in our state. If you are able to attend, please register using the following form: