Take Action to Reverse the Rise in Hate Crimes

Join the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a joint initiative of AJC and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), in taking action against hate crimes in our country.

Urge your Senators to support the bipartisan Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017 (S.994). This bill amends the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996, which makes acts against houses of worship that result in damage a federal crime. The amendment encompasses threats against — in addition to intentional damage to — those institutions under this federal hate crimes law, as well as bring under its scope all religiously affiliated institutions. The companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1730) passed on December 11, 2017 with an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 402-2.

Passing this bill now will send a strong signal of support for the free exercise of religion, and an equally strong signal of no tolerance for hate crimes.

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Take Action to Reverse the Rise in Hate Crimes
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Take Action Against Hate Crimes
Dear (recipient name),

Hate crimes against religious institutions are on the rise in our country. Since January 2017, five mosques have suffered arson attacks, while dozens of Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and other religious institutions have been vandalized.

These attacks are intolerable. They infringe on the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion. Moreover, crimes against religious institutions are intended to create an atmosphere of fear that deters community members from attending worship services and social involvement. They pose a danger to the religious freedom and security of all Americans.

We as a nation must take action in response.

I am writing to urge you to support the bipartisan bill the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017 (S. 994). This legislation amends the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996, which covers attacks on houses of worship, so as to bring all religiously affiliated institutions under the scope of its protections, as well as encompass threats in addition to acts that result in damage or destruction.The companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1730) passed on December 11, 2017 with an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 402-2.

Enactment of this bill will send a signal of zero tolerance for hate crimes against people of faith.

Let’s work together as a nation to stop and reverse the rise in hate crimes. Please join the Senate and House sponsors of this bill, and the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, to take action now.

Thank you,

[First Name] [Last Name]