Friendship Not Fear

Standing Together with Muslims

I share, in solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers, this affirmation from the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking.

The diverse gifts and perspectives of Marquette’s many communities of faith and learning lead us to a unified commitment to work for justice, inclusion, and equality. Moreover, our freedom of religion protected by the First Amendment involves a civic duty to uphold the religious liberty of our fellow citizens, friends, and neighbors who are Muslim.

During recent months there has been an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes, and some prominent public leaders have called for mosque closings, religiously-based registration, bans on Muslim immigration, internment camps, and halting refugee resettlement. We repudiate the hostility and hatred aimed at Muslims in and beyond our community. The Jesuit tradition on which Marquette is founded embraces cultures and recognizes the presence of God in all people. Inspired by that example, the Center for Peacemaking continues to challenge Islamophobia whenever and wherever it occurs, foster mutual relationships based on friendship rather than fear, promote human dignity, and maintain a firm commitment to racial and religious diversity.