Quigley Visits Chicago Muslim Community Center to Discuss Religious Discrimination, Highlight Importance of Unity in Diversity
CHICAGO –This weekend, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), visited with community leaders at the Muslim Community Center in Chicago as part of his Unity in Diversity Faith Tour to highlight the importance of finding unity through diversity, following increases in religious discrimination and hate crimes across the country.
“Hate and bigotry are powerful forces, but love and understanding are much stronger,” said Rep. Quigley. “Every American, regardless of who or where they worship, deserves to live a life free from religious intolerance. Following the senseless, anti-Muslim attack we saw in Portland just last month, I want to thank the brave men and women that day, and every day, who stand up for our freedoms, exercise compassion, and denounce discrimination of all kinds – from hateful speech to heartbreaking violence. Through more conversations and sessions of dialogue like these, we can continue to foster open-mindedness that protects and celebrates our differences.”
"On behalf of the Muslim Community Center (MCC), we welcome Congressman Mike Quigley to our community. In times of rising hate towards 'the other', we are privileged to host Congressman Quigley, on his Unity in Diversity Faith Tour," said President Dr. Mohammad Sarwar Nasir. "We are thankful that Rep. Quigley will discuss with us, among other important topics, methods on ways to diffuse tensions and promote religious tolerance in the diverse communities that he represents. Our Center is at a very unique location where low to middle class hard working people live. We provide assistance to thousands of diverse people with more than $1/2 million money annually. MCC admires the courage Congressman Quigley has shown against Islamophobia and standing against bigotry and serving the diverse community of his district."
During the visit, Rep. Quigley spoke about the rise in hate speech and violence across the nation, as well as its direct impact on communities in Chicago.
Established in 1969, the Muslim Community Center (MCC) has been serving the metropolitan Chicago area community for over four and half decades and is one of the oldest and largest organizations in the Chicagoland area. It currently has over 1,600 members and Friday congregations at both mosque locations exceed 3,000 people.
In April, Rep. Quigley visited Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago as part of his ongoing tour. In February, Rep. Quigley visited Chicago Loop Synagogue for an interfaith gathering following incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism.