RI STATE HOUSE – The House this week passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Kislak to honor the lives of the 50 people who died last week in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and to express support to Rhode Island’s Muslim community.
“Here in Rhode Island, which was founded as a haven for religious freedom, we must be clear that people of every faith are absolutely welcome here. As leaders, we must ensure that Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry will never be tolerated in Rhode Island, and that we hold up our rich diversity as something to be celebrated,” said Representative Kislak (D-Dist. 4, Providence).
The House resolution (2019-H 5882), which passed Wednesday, list the names of all 50 of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch attacks, and expresses the House of Representatives’ sympathy. It also extends support to the Muslim community of Rhode Island, saying “Rhode Island stands together against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and hatred around the world, and looks to build community and strength with each other throughout Rhode Island and across the globe.”
Copies of the resolution will be sent to Amjad Kinjawi, President of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, and Mufti Ikam al Haqq, the Imam of Masjid al Islam.
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