(WASHINGTON, DC.) – Rep. Jamie Raskin issued the following statement after the House passed, with bipartisan support, H.Res.183 condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim-bigotry, and all forms of discrimination and racism:
“Today I proudly introduced House Resolution 183, strongly denouncing anti-Semitism, bigotry against Muslims, and all forms of racism as antithetical to essential American values. The Resolution, which overwhelmingly passed the House on a bipartisan basis by a vote of 407-23, is not mine alone but the collective product of input from dozens of Members of Congress and has earned strong and enthusiastic support from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), and J Street.
“In America and in nations all over the world, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bigotry, and other forms of racism and intolerance are sharply on the rise. These old and lethal poisons are not only a threat to individual Jews, Muslims, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans, walking down the street, and to our children playing at school, they are the common enemy of liberal democracy, which depends upon tolerance and pluralism to survive.
“As the world's oldest liberal democracy and a thriving, multiracial and multicultural society, America must reject the myths, stereotypes, libels and tropes that make up these ancient hatreds. Anti-Semitism and racism are the gateway to destruction for everything that we believe in as a society. They are a threat to the values of our constitutional creed: pluralism and tolerance, religious freedom and freedom of association, equal protection for all citizens.
“A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives stood up for our most hard-won American ideals and voted for this Resolution condemning racism, bigotry, hatred, and intolerance. I am very proud of the House of Representatives tonight and thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their active support.”
Full text of the Resolution can be found here.