Leaders representing 26 mosques, Islamic centers and Muslim organizations gathered at the Rutgers University visitor's center as political leaders pledged to close their states to Syrian refugees and one presidential candidate suggested the U.S. should only welcome Christian refugees.
Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday joined more than 20 governors, and sent a letter to President Barack Obama notifying him that New Jersey will not accept any refugees from Syria.
"We find these comments reprehensible," said Jim Sues, executive director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. "It demonstrates a lack of compassion on behalf of our Governor. The Syrian refugees are victims of ISIS and as victims they should not have to pay the price for the sins of ISIS." Read More
Jim Sues, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said conflating the Paris attacks with the refugee crisis cast an unfair net on an entire group. "You’re kind of implying no Muslim can be trusted," he said.He condemned the Paris attacks and said they were "completely contrary" to Islam.
"Just about every Muslim organization in New Jersey has condemned these attacks in the strongest terms; these are horrific attacks and they really have no basis in the religion," said Sues. Read More
"Jim Sues, executive director of the council’s chapter in New Jersey, said he’d like to see the original news reports on the “thousands” of Jersey City celebrants that Trump mentioned.
“Is there any documentation on that?” Sues said. “I don’t remember seeing that."Read more