Equality and religious freedom are our bedrock values. They are enshrined in our Constitution and are not mere formalities to be discarded in difficult times. Yet recently, we have seen a politics of fear used to justify discrimination against Muslims. This has resulted in unwarranted surveillance, unlawful profiling, and exclusionary immigration policies targeting people based on their faith, nationality, or national origin.
Such discriminatory policies have been accompanied by a worrying rise in hateful rhetoric, which has severe consequences. At a time when hate crimes are down overall, they are up against American Muslims.
The ACLU works to fight anti-Muslim discrimination on a number of fronts. Included among our top priorities are fighting unconstitutional surveillance programs that entrench discrimination without keeping us safe; opposing discriminatory immigration policies that target refugees and travelers with any tie to the Muslim world; and resisting politics of hate that target mosques and the free expression of religion.