Flashing cameras from around the world illuminated Keith Ellison last January as he stood in a packed drawing room in the Capitol, taking the oath of office on Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an.
“One of the most enduring qualities of America is its ability to bring together different cultures and allow them a space to settle into the fabric of this nation. It is the secret of our success as a nation, yet it is increasingly under attack from those who espouse a mono-cultural America. We need to take a shared responsibility and give voice to a consistent message, that hate speech and marginalization of any group must not be tolerated.”
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – For Mahamed Jama, a Minnesota taxi driver, the Islamic restriction on drinking alcohol is a seamless rule for life.
“He who carries alcohol, he who drinks and he who sells it are the same thing,” he says.
That belief could affect his livelihood.
Richard Haling’s opinion “Fight Them in Iraq, Not Here.” (Dec.29) is an embarrassment to American pluralism. Haling’s article shows a disturbing confusion regarding the difference between Muslims and terrorists.
It is hard to understand why there is a growing editorial tendency toward willful ignorance and Islamophobic extremism. It is growing at the expense of intellectual honesty and moral reason.
Of all the shameless, intolerant, and divisive rants I have come across on the far-right blogosphere this year – and I have come across plenty – Dennis Prager’s recent Bible-thumping, Ellison-Bashing diatribe takes the cake.
What: Muslim Journal Annual Dinner
‘A Time to be Grateful’- “Which of the Favors of Your Lord will You Deny?” (Qur’an, Surah 55 – Ar Rahman, The Merciful Benefactor)
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