2. SOUNDBITE (English) Imam Talib Shareef, Masjid Muhammad Mosque
"One of the things that he says when he (cabinet appointees) make statements like that, it really tells us that that's not reality. We just heard statistics about the numbers of people who are committing crimes killing Americans. And the Muslims are on the low, very very low end of that spectrum. If you're going to start demonizing Muslims and they're that low on the spectrum, this 97% group, we need to start including them in that group too. So when we start hearing statements like that from people that he has appointed, it tells us that they are disconnected from the vast majority of the people when you look at those numbers. And it concerns us greatly. And it tell us that we have to do exactly what we are doing now. To take a stand. The power of... the greatest power is in the citizen. That's how he (Trump) got into office. So, everything, the good news is that everything is temporary. So in a few years, things can change."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Imam Talib Shareef, Masjid Muhammad Mosque
"This group we have here we didn't see this group like this in those days when people were gathering. But now -- God is telling us that we didn't do enough. So we're going to be stronger in the end. WE have more behind us that unites us than in front of us that has divided us."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Imam Mohamed Magid ('MAH-jidd'), President, Islamic Society of North America, referring to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's tweet that 'fear of Muslims is rational'
"Anyone who says that you should fear Muslims, I would ask him 'have you seen your doctor lately? Because your doctor might be a muslim.' The Muslims are risking their lives as we're speaking defending this country."
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance
"I am proud to stand with this group of Americans. With my friends, my brothers, my sisters, my colleagues. And declare for myself what I hope what every American will declare in this circumstances. Inna Muslim. I am a Muslim. We must promise that no one will ever make another American afraid. Not the bigots, not he alt right, not the chief strategist of the next administration. Not the president of the United States. No one will make the precious children of this community, of any community afraid."
A group of interfaith leaders gathered at a mosque in Washington, DC to condemn anti-Muslim remarks and policy proposals made during the presidential election.
Leaders expressed concern about the track record of several cabinet members that President-elect Donald Trump has made, and history of inflammatory remarks toward Muslims.
Michael Flynn, the retired Army lieutenant general and intelligence expert who is Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser, is a harsh critic of Muslim militancy and culture, targeting "radical Islam" as an existential threat to the U.S.
In a February 26th tweet, Flynn said "Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL," and posted a link to an anti-Muslim video.
Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's pick to be director of the CIA, has said that Muslim leaders are "potentially complicit" in terrorist attacks if they do not denounce violence carried out in the name of Islam.
"They must cite the Quran as evidence that the murder of innocents is not permitted," he said in a 2013 House floor speech.