On Thursday October 8, 2020 the US Council of Muslim Organization (USCMO) put out a false and misleading statement about Emgage. It is true that over the past several weeks Emgage was working with USCMO, in good faith, to address concerns raised by segments of the Muslim community about Emgage’s position on Palestine and the types of organizations Emgage engages or does not engage in directly. However, that is where the truth ends.
USCMO’s recent statement implies that Emgage collaborates with organizations that “harm the Muslim community” and does not support “causes of justice here and abroad, including the cause of Palestinian freedom.” This is patently false. Unfortunately, USCMO ignored the numerous statements and positions put out by Emgage to address these issues in favor of its ideological cancel culture. Emgage clearly laid out its values and positions on these issues in several places. See Emgage’s statement on MLI and Emgage’s work on Palestine. USCMO’s statement also implies that it removed Emgage from its membership. The fact is that Emgage withdrew its membership from USCMO and released our statement of principles in an open letter to the Muslim American community. We did this without publicly referencing USCMO in order to preserve public unity. Emgage resigned from USCMO for the following reasons:
It is unfortunate that USCMO issued an unprovoked statement on Emgage, less than a month away from the most significant election of our lifetime. It is also very troubling that these actions have been carried out in tandem with pernicious foreign-based attacks that reflect the back-home politics that we thought Muslims in America left behind. All of this comes at a time when Muslim Americans should be working to set aside divisions for common goals. We believe that is what the majority of Muslim Americans would expect from those who profess to serve them. There is no question that Emgage is not perfect and we seek to improve ourselves every day. However, we will not be bullied and will continue to stand up for Muslims in America who want an organization that engages on principle even on issues we disagree upon, advocates and fights for their interests, not foreign interests. We are always open to dialogue and look forward to working with our partners and others, for now our mission is to focus our time on getting out the vote November 3rd.