ACLU Challenges Government’s Stigmatizing Of Mainstream Muslim Groups In Holy Land Case

The ACLU and its Texas chapter filed a legal challenge to clear the names of two Muslim organizations that have been labeled by the government as unindicated co-conspirators. The two organizations — The Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust have been identified by the government for their association with the Holy Land Foundation – though neither organization has been the subject of a criminal investigation of charged with any crimes. “By publicly branding these groups as criminals without providing a forum for them to defend themselves or clear their names, the government has acted with blatant disregard for their constitutional rights,” said Hina Shamsi, an ACLU staff member.