Muslim Americans have long been targeted by hate groups and the government.
But a group of young American Muslims is challenging the mainstream narrative and demanding an end to the targeting.
In an open letter to President Donald Trump, the Muslim American National Council, or MASCA, said Trump and the White House are not Islamophobic.
The group is not advocating for Islamophobia and said that its members are not part of the alt-right movement that espouses racism, xenophobia and other forms of bigotry.
It is, however, calling for a “radical and peaceful response” to the Trump administration’s anti-Muslim policies and calls for an end of the persecution of Muslims and Muslims-Americans.
“We are not here as a political party to preach hatred,” said Ali Youssef, the group’s national director.
“We are here to provide hope and hope for a world that is inclusive, open and compassionate.”
It’s a sentiment shared by the Muslim Americans Council of Greater Philadelphia, which is organizing a rally next month outside the White Tower.
The coalition has been vocal in calling for the release of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President-elect Donald Trump after Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries and banning all refugees for 120 days.
Guterres has said the ban is needed to prevent the spread of terrorism.
Trump, however has denied the executive order was a Muslim ban.
Youssef said the group has a list of more than 60 demands for Trump and other administration officials.
Trump and his administration have not commented.
“The American people deserve better,” Yousseff said.