(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/20/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today applauded the signing of a pledge to challenge bigotry by both houses of the New Jersey State Legislature.

The pledge, sponsored by the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition, was signed by all 120 members of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday, and states:

“While interacting with members of my own faith, ethnic, or gender community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the other and challenge bigotry in any form.”

“It is important for New Jersey residents to know that their elected representatives reject bigotry, and have pledged to stand up against it even in private settings,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “In this current political climate in which politicians are exploiting bigotry for political gain, our legislature has just demonstrated that New Jersey stands apart from hatred and intolerance.”

The Stand Up for the Other pledge was developed by former Bernard’s Township Mayor Dr. Ali Chaudry, who is also Co-Founder of the NJ Interfaith Coalition and the NJ Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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