Target: Keith Ellis, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners
Goal: Thank Newton County’s board of commissioners for lifting the moratorium that had prevented the construction of a controversial new mosque.
Just weeks ago, news of a proposed mosque in Newton County, Georgia elicited hateful opposition from bigoted citizens. Hundreds of people gathered at a town hall meeting to express their disdain at the idea of a new mosque in their city. Islamophobic insults and threats were hurled as the county’s Muslim population was unfairly placed under attack.
Plans to build the mosque had been put on hold due to a moratorium the county had enforced on the construction of all religious structures. The town hall meeting was an opportunity for citizens to express concerns that they had. While most of the comments were ignorant and hurtful, there were a handful of people who chose to speak in favor of the mosque and defended their Muslim neighbors and their right to freely practice their religion. Thanks to those brave voices, the sensibility of the commissioners, and petitions like this one on ForceChange, plans to build the mosque are now underway.
This is a great victory for Newton County’s Muslim-American population and their allies. Because the city’s commissioners did not let citizens’ bigotry cloud their judgment, Muslims in this county will be able to continue practicing their constitutional right to freedom of religion. Thank the commissioners for doing the right thing by signing this petition.
Dear Chairman Ellis,
I would like to applaud you and your fellow commissioners for lifting the moratorium on Newton County’s newest mosque. At this crucial point in the United States’ sociopolitical history, tensions between different religious and ethnic groups are especially high, and many people choose to let fear and ignorance decide their actions and philosophy. I am very pleased to see that that is not the case in Newton County.
In the face of strong opposition from the people of Newton County, it might have been easier to simply put the mosque’s construction plans on hold indefinitely to avoid any potential backlash; however, what is easy is not always what’s right. Thank you for recognizing that and for protecting the religious freedom of Newton County’s Muslim citizens. Your decision shows that you stand on the side of righteousness and equality rather than ignorance and fear.
[Your Name Here]
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