A California State Assembly resolution recognizing the month of August as “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month” has already sparked controversy and hostile statements toward the resolution’s author. Let’s hope it leads to his speedy removal from office.
IB Times “I put on my Facebook page that I was doing this resolution,” Assemblyman Bill Quirk, a Democrat from Hayward, told local NBC news affiliate KCRA Monday. “I got comments calling me a traitor. I got comments saying that I was working with terrorists.”
Quirk introduced HR-59 in June after speaking with community activists. The resolution was passed Monday with bipartisan support and is meant to recognize and educate Californians about Muslims and their contributions to the U.S.
“Although the majority of Muslim Americans within California and throughout the nation strive to promote peace and understanding between all faiths, identities, and nationalities while upholding those values and principles that define the American people, they have nonetheless been forced to endure harassment, assault, and discrimination,” the resolution reads.
Basim Elkarra, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Executive Director for Sacramento Valley, told NBC News the resolution offers hope for the community during a tumultuous election season.
The California resolution comes at a moment when Muslim-Americans are again in the spotlight. (Mostly for Islamic terrorism in America and around the world)
The resolution is not a first in California. The city of Los Angeles declared July 2014 as Muslim American heritage month.