Open Letter to Muslim Republicans

For Immediate Release Monday, December 14, 2015

Dear Muslim Republicans,

I share your outrage and hurt at Donald Trump’s recent comments and policy suggestions aboutMuslims.Ishare your outrage and hurt that he still is polling well among Republicans. I share youroutrage and hurtthat we should even have to discuss such matters. But obviously we do.

Freedom of religion is one of our most sacred American values, protected by ourConstitution.Nevershould someone be disparaged, profiled, or have their rights infringed uponbecause oftheirreligious faith. Republicans like to talk a good game about our Constitution but,clearly, many aremaking an exception when it comes to religious liberty. This is quite sad and it is thiskind of doublestandard that has caused so many liberty-loving people to leave the Republican Partyand find abetter home in the Libertarian Party.

If you have not previously considered the Libertarian Party, I encourage you to do so now. We areanextremely diverse group of people who are passionate about liberty…about all rights, of allpeople,allthe time. We do not denigrate or disparage any group. We respect the humanity of all peopleand theirrights to make their own decisions about their lives. Simply put: Libertarianism is the ideathat everyperson has the right to pursue happiness in any way they wish as long as it doesn’t hurtpeople ortake their stuff.

I know many of your families have fled repressive regimes abroad in search of peace, prosperity,andliberty in the United States. I hope you have found good things here. No country is perfectand recentweeks have reminded us of that. But I maintain that, despite our imperfections, theUnited Statesisone of the best places on the planet for liberty-loving people. Our Constitution doesprotect yourrights, and it will continue to. And Libertarians nationwide always will stand with you also,advocatingyour rights and the rights of all people to live freely.

Friend, if you find that the Republican Party continues to disparage you, please consider a home intheLibertarian Party where we respect all rights, of all people, all the time.

Nicholas Sarwark

Chair, Libertarian National Committee