The Franciscan Action Network invites you to consider the following:
We have heard a great deal of anti-Muslim rhetoric during the presidential campaign including a registry requiring Muslims to register. History reminds us that much of this is the same language that the Nazis used in requiring Jews to register during their rise to power. As the Holocaust Museum reminds the world in their statement about this issue, language was the first thing used to dehumanize others.
Let us remember the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe. He refused to sign the Deutsche Volksliste, which would have given him rights similar to those of German citizens in exchange for recognizing his German ancestry. He spoke out against the Nazis and helped protect Jewish children. For this Kolbe was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. We hope and pray that our nation never comes to the point of actually creating a Muslim registry, but we do have to be prepared to act if the unthinkable occurs.
As Christians who attempt to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Maximilian Kolbe please sign a commitment to stand up and say, “Do not take my brother, my sister, who is Muslim. Take me instead. I will sign the registry in their place.” Please click here for more information and to sign up on the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) website. FAN will use this information to make our government officials aware of what Catholics all over the country are doing and why. Your contact information will be kept completely confidential and will not be used outside of the Franciscan Action Network.