American Muslims Respond to Cong. Peter King's Hearings With PSAs

PSAs to counter claims that mosques are extremist hotbeds, Muslims are not civically engaged

Mar 07, 2011, 11:53 ET from My Faith My Voice

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- My Faith My Voice (MFMV), a grassroots coalition of American Muslims from across the country, today released a call to its community members to create online public service announcements (PSAs) in response to this week's controversial Congressional hearings scheduled by Rep. Peter King (R-NY).

The various video messages, which can be viewed at, will showcase American Muslims of diverse ages and backgrounds responding to King's allegations that 80 percent of U.S. mosques are extremist hotbeds and that Muslims aren't cooperating with law enforcement.

"We need to counter to the false narrative promoted by Rep. King's hearings with real-life stories of American Muslims," said Haaris Ahmad, a participant of MFMV.

"These hearings are dangerous because they demonize our community, fuel anti-Muslim feelings, and push a politically-motivated agenda that does nothing to address the serious issue of extremism in America."

My Faith My Voice is asking American Muslims from across the nation to join the effort by uploading their own 30-45 second video message, answering one of the two following questions:

How do you serve your community either through your work or volunteerism?


What role does your local mosque play in your life?

It is My Faith My Voice's aim to challenge misconceptions about Islam by providing everyday Muslims the opportunity to define themselves and have their voices heard by millions of Americans. To learn more about My Faith My Voice's online platform, please visit: or follow us on Facebook at My Faith My Voice.

Media Contact: Rabiah Ahmed at or 202-439-1441.

SOURCE My Faith My Voice