"The United States was built by the belief in liberty, freedom, and equality for every person. These are the values we hold most dear – the truths we hold to be self-evident. When elected officials and political leaders build their platforms on hatred and bigotry, they do so at our country's expense," Mr. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, said in a statement. "Their rhetoric is not merely ignorant – it's dangerous. And it is fundamentally un-American. Scapegoating a religious community shouldn't be part of a candidate's stump speech. Not in this country. This bill is a reminder to Americans of all faiths: the demagogues do not speak for everyone. That is not who we are."