Singling out American Muslims for blanket surveillance does not make our nation safer. Spying based on race, ethnicity or religion has failed to identify criminal activity while undermining the very trust between American Muslims and law enforcement that is needed to fight real threats.
The use of racial, ethnic and religious profiling by law enforcement is un-American and should end. Targeting people for what they look like or because of their group characteristics is discrimination at its worst and a poor excuse for law enforcement.
Categorically bugging all mosques and "infiltrating" MSAs might be the quick and easy option for our government to show us that it is "doing something" to combat terror, but is it really the most optimal method for serious law enforcement?
This Sunday, on Father's Day, I will be marching with tens of thousands of other New Yorkers to call for reform of stop-and-frisk. We cannot accept a New York where people are subject to civil liberties violations based on the color of their skin.
This incessant message of denial is hard to swallow by many sectors of our society. The sad reality is that our nation has institutionalized vigilance based on stereotypical ethnic and religious profiling.
Instead of embracing American Muslims as partners, the NYPD has destroyed trust. As a religious leader who talks to a wide variety of American Muslims on a daily basis, I can tell you that this treatment is demoralizing.