Johnson-Harrell statement on MAS Philadelphia video

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., today gave a statement on a Muslim American Society video that has come out of Philadelphia and is currently circulating in the media.

“As stated by the Muslim American Society, the video that came out of Philadelphia was disturbing and the persons who organized the event and posted the video were only renting space from MAS Philadelphia,” Johnson-Harrell said. “The person in charge has been dismissed immediately, and local sensitivity training and proper supervision for future programs will be introduced. I wanted to note that all religions have sections of their holy books that they might not be particularly proud of. For example, Timothy 2:12, ‘I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent.’ Or Peter 2:18, ‘Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.’ And one of my least favorite, Exodus 21:7 through 8, ‘When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.’ However, I choose to take the teachings of love, hope, and compassion to heart. Allah is love. God is love. We all can agree that we do better when we choose to love rather than pick at our differences. We can do better and I hope to lead by example.”

For more information on this or another state-related matter, contact Johnson-Harrell’s office at (717) 783-3822.