The Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice has issued a powerful and encouraging reminder to Muslims amid a wave of Islamaphobic sentiment: The U.S. Constitution is on your side.
Chief Justice Ralph Gants spoke at the state’s largest mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, following afternoon prayer on Friday. Gants acknowledged it was a “difficult time” for Muslims in America, with the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, igniting a fresh wave of discrimination, hate and even violence.
“And I am here to assure you that you do not stand alone,” Gants said. “You have a Constitution and laws to protect your right to practice your religion, to protect you from discrimination and the denial of your equal rights, and to protect you from acts of violence that might be committed because of your religion or your nation of origin.”