WHEREAS, while awaiting trial, he was placed in solitary confinement in a
maximum-security federal penitentiary for nearly two years, denied basic
privileges, allowed limited visitations and access to attorneys, and subjected
to strip searches and the harshest conditions of confinement;
WHEREAS, Amnesty International has condemned these conditions;
WHEREAS, Dr. Al-Arian was subsequently, but prior to receiving due process,
fired from his position on the faculty of the University of South Florida and
that this firing was condemned by the American Association of University
WHEREAS, Dr. Al-Arian has been denied a change of venue in his case, despite
providing strong evidence that ten years of biased, inflammatory media coverage
by the Tampa Tribune have prejudiced potential jurors; and
WHEREAS, the love of liberty, respect for the presumption of innocence,
support for fair judicial proceedings, and commitment to the dignity and humane
treatment of everyone, including prisoners, are at the core of our Unitarian
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States government's prosecution of
Dr. Sami Al-Arian violates the Unitarian Universalist Association's Statements
of Conscience of 2004 on Civil Liberties and of 2005 on Criminal Justice and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2005 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association of Congregations urges members and congregations to:
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