Addressing anti-Muslim Bigotry in the 2018 Elections

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has been showing up in political campaigns across the US (link to study on 49 states). This rhetoric leads to and intersects with policies at national and local levels that discriminate against Muslims. Examples of this include the notorious Muslim Ban and “extreme vetting” measures at the national level, and anti-foreign law bills at local levels . Additionally, hate crimes targeting our Muslim neighbors have been on the rise.

Our Call to Action this election cycle is straightforward: Will you ask your candidates to commit to upholding religious freedom for all (not just one particular group) if they are elected this November?

Here’s how:

  1. FIND a candidate forum or town hall

2. ASK one of the following questions: “Do you share my concern about policies and rhetoric that target people based on religion, race, and national origin?” OR “What ideas do you have to stand against policies that discriminate based on religion, race or national origin?” (here’s a guide on how to ask questions, from our partners at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and a guide on being a civil voice in uncivil times, from our partners at the United Church of Christ)

3. Depending on the response, FOLLOW UP with the candidate by email and phone to reiterate your concern on this issue (and mobilize people in your community to do the same).


Thank you for your commitment to standing with our Muslim neighbors. A number of partners have put together faith-rooted resources for promoting justice this election cycle. Here are some you might find useful for taking more action this season:

Interfaith Advocacy Resource Collection through Jewish Public Affairs Council:

Partner Toolkit on the Refugee Admissions Crisis:

WISE Up Political Advocacy Toolkit:

Our Faith, Our Vote: Congregational Resource from the United Church of Christ:

Lawyers and Collars — Voter Protection Measures:

ISPU Report: Stop Attempts to Build Bigotry Into Law:

NCJW 2018 Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote Resource Guide:

Mennonite Central Committee Resource Guide:

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Civic Engagement Campaign:

Friends Committee on National Legislation Questions for Candidates:

If you’re looking for something in particular that you cannot find above, or would like to submit a resource for sharing, please contact us!