Perspectives: The Ban

Throughout his first few weeks, President Trump has made countless headlines with his bold executive decisions spanning from tightened border security on the U.S.-Mexico border to the revival of the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction.

Although almost every one of his rushed orders has offended a large percentage of Americans, perhaps the most heavily contested order has been Trump’s travel ban. Our organization, unlike the current Executive Branch, has faith in the Judicial System of the United States to challenge the blatant unconstitutionality of this discriminatory ban. But beneath the issue’s unconstitutionality lies its inhumanity.

No matter how it was worded, no matter how it was presented, the travel ban is an indiscrete ban on Muslims. The fact that students, teachers, employees, and employers from these seven countries were blocked entry solely based upon religion and geography is disturbingly contradictory to American values. The even more disturbing fact that thousands of struggling refugees cannot find haven in the safe and tolerant neighborhoods of America is contradictory to human values. And what is painfully ironic, like almost every action President Trump has sponsored, this ban will undoubtedly serve as ripe fodder for extremist groups like ISIS.

With this shocking news from the White House, our organization has gained a new purpose beyond combatting Islamophobia. Through our exhibitions, we aim to show unwavering love and support for immigrants, refugees, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, and any other ostracized, attacked, or marginalized group. We will be active in achieving this goal beyond gallery walls.

We will stand up for the true Islam and the true America.

Please stay alert for fast-approaching updates on gallery bookings. Contact us for any questions, comments, or suggestions and especially if you have any art you would like to showcase.

The Islamic Artists of Orlando Staff

السلام عليكم
as-salāmu ʿalaykum
peace be upon you