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(KANSAS CITY, MO, 9/15/17) -- On Sunday, September 17, a coalition of Kansas City organizations, including the ICNA-KC (Islamic Circle of North America – Kansas City), Burma Task Force-KC and the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), will hold a rally against the Burmese government's ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
During the rally, which is scheduled to take place at West 47th Street and J.C. Nichols Parkway on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo., activists will call on both Kansas and Missouri elected senators to join Senator John McCain in supporting a Senate resolution that would condemn the Burmese government's violence.
WHAT: Rally Against Rohingya Genocide
WHEN: Sunday, September 17th at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Plaza Fountain at West 47th Street & JC Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, MO
“Governor Sam Brownback’s history of rushing to sign anti-Islam legislation designed to vilify Muslims in Kansas state courts should under any normal circumstances disqualify him from the office of U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Only under the Trump administration would someone so opposed to the constitutional rights of an American faith community be appointed to safeguarding international religious freedom.” -- CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw
In 2012, CAIR asked Brownback not to sign a bill the sponsors of which admitted was designed to attack “Sharia,” the religious principles of Islam.
In 2016, Brownback withdrew Kansas from the federal government’s refugee relocation program due to fear of possibly resettling primarily Muslim refugees from Syria in that state. CAIR notes that states withdrawing from the federal program cannot stop refugees from being resettled in those states or moving anywhere in the nation once resettled in the U.S.