Atlanta, GA, November 17, 2016 — Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta strongly condemns and opposes House Bill 3 (HB 3) and the criminalization of Muslim women. Filed by Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, HB 3 would make it a crime for Muslim women to wear a veil while on public property, including while driving on public roads. The bill would twist Georgia's anti-masking statute - created to prevent cowardly Ku Klux Klan terrorists from evading law enforcement - to target Muslim women. The bill has no other purpose but to target and marginalize the Muslim American community in Georgia.
This bill is a dangerous attack on religious freedom, one of the core founding principles of our country. It is not only a blatant attack on Islam, it is also an attack on Asian American communities in Georgia. More than 10% of Asian Americans adhere to the Islamic faith. We at Advancing Justice – Atlanta will not stand for this bigotry.
We stand with the Muslim women in our communities and in other communities. We will fight against this and all efforts to criminalize and marginalize our communities.
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