September 14, 2001
Governor John Engler today commended both President George W. Bush and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft for their recent statements urging the people of the United States to treat their fellow Americans with respect and tolerance.
"Michigan is home to people of every nationality and religion you could imagine," said Governor Engler. "And each person who calls Michigan home should be treated with respect."
President Bush said: "We must be mindful that, as we seek to win the war, that we treat Arab-Americans and Muslims with the respect they deserve. . . . We should not hold one who is a Muslim responsible for an act of terror.''
On Thursday, Attorney General John Ashcroft said: ". . . our nation calls on us to be at our best in order to prevail in these very difficult times. . . . We must not descend to the level of those who perpetrated Tuesday's violence by targeting individuals based on their race, their religion, or their national origin. Such reports of violence and threats are in direct opposition to the very principles and laws of the United States and will not be tolerated."