Agreed to September 26, 2001
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
the third day of January, two thousand and one
Whereas all Americans are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the terrorists who planned and carried out the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and in pursuing all those responsible for these attacks and their sponsors until they are brought to justice and punished;
Whereas the Arab-American, South Asian-American, and American Muslim communities are a vital part of the Nation;
Whereas on September 12, 2001, in a mass for the Nation and the victims of the terrorist hijackings and attacks, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., reminded all Americans in prayer that `we must seek the guilty and not strike out against the innocent or we become like them who are without moral guidance or direction';
Whereas the heads of State of several Arab and predominantly Muslim countries have condemned the terrorist attacks on the United States and the senseless loss of innocent lives; and
Whereas vengeful threats and incidents of violence directed at law-abiding, patriotic Americans of Arab or South Asian descent, particularly the Sikh community, and adherents of the Islamic faith have already occurred: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress--
(1) declares that in the quest to identify, bring to justice, and punish the perpetrators and sponsors of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, that the civil rights and civil liberties of all American, including Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia, should be protected; and
(2) condemns any acts of violence or discrimination against any Americans, including Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the Senate.