Category: "Statements"

ICNY signs onto to open letter to the U.S. Senate opposing confirmation of Jeff Sessions

January 10th,2017 ICNY Latest News, Statements

The Interfaith Center of New York signed onto this letter on account of Session's voting record against anti-hate crime legislation, the Violence Against Women Act, and his apparent support of Trump's proposed Muslim ban during the presidential campaign. AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE: Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation of Jeff Sessions Advocacy Letter - 01/09/17 Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee View the PDF of this letter here. Dear Senate Judiciary Committee Member: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations...Continue Reading

Statement: Standing with Muslim New Yorkers & Other American Religious Minorities

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election strengthens ICNY's resolve to overcome bigotry, prejudice, and violence – working with and for New York’s grassroots religious and civic leaders in the weeks, months, and years ahead.  We stand proudly with Muslim New Yorkers and other religious minorities who contribute so much to our shared city and nation.  As we fought the attempts of candidate Trump to marginalize immigrants and religious minorities, so will we continue to do so throughout his presidency.  Grounded in First Amendment principles and shared religious values, we will strive to make New York and the world safe for religious diversity....Continue Reading

Imam & Assistant Shot in Queens: Supporting the Families & Community

August 14th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Statements

The Interfaith Center of New York extends our heart-felt condolences to the families of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin who were fatally shot walking back from prayers on Saturday afternoon in Ozone Park, NY.  Imam Akonjee had led the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque serving the Bangladeshi community of Ozone Park for two years. He was described by community members as “a man of peace” who recently immigrated to the United States. Imam Akonjee was married with three children. Imam Akonjee and Thara Uddin were both dressed in religious garb as they walked home from the mosque. They were approached from behind by a lone assailant and shot. While the police have not yet identified these murder...Continue Reading

Statement at Veterans For Peace Press Conference outside Trump Tower Monday, August 1, 2016

August 3rd,2016 ICNY Latest News, Statements

The following remarks were given by ICNY's executive director, The Rev. Chloe Breyer, at the #VETSvsHATE press conference held outside Trump Tower on Monday, August 1: "Donald Trump’s insulting comments about Gold Star Mother Mrs. Ghazana Kahn after the Democratic Convention showed him to be both insensible to her pain and ignorant of her faith. He was insensible to her pain because his decision to make political points off the grief-stricken relatives of bereaved military parents is reminiscent of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church demonstrating at military funerals. He was ignorant of her beliefs, because he insulted a religious tradition that serves as a source of power for ma...Continue Reading

ICNY Statement on Attack in Nice, and Gingrich Call for Muslim Deportations

July 15th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Statements

The Interfaith Center of New York extends our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of terrorism in Nice, France.   We hope this tragedy will not be compounded by the pronouncements of unscrupulous politicians to scapegoat an entire religious tradition. Newt Gingrich's recent call for the deportation of Muslims who support the Sharia displays a lack of understanding about both Islam and the United States Constitution. Like Jewish law "Halacha" that includes dietary rules, and laws governing hygiene, marriage and divorce, the Sharia is also for most Muslims primarily concerned with these issues. In addition, calling for a religious test of any sort runs against the Constitutional pr...Continue Reading