Young Muslim Americans Speak Out

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice:

During his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama carved out around two minutes from his 58-minute speech to touch on the rise of Islamophobic rhetoric that’s been sweeping the nation.

As Obama spoke optimistically about America’s future, he also took clear aim at the Republican party and its leading presidential front-runner Donald Trump for inciting fear and anti-Muslim sentiment.

“When politicians insult Muslims, whether abroad, or fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid is called names, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it what—telling it like it is, it’s just wrong,” Obama said on Tuesday. “It betrays who we are as a country.”

Just three days before Obama’s address, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab was escorted out of Trump’s campaign rally in South Carolina after she stood up in silent protest when the GOP candidate suggested that Syrian refugees…

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2 Responses to Young Muslim Americans Speak Out

  1. Thank you for bringing this post to my attention. I always feel and say that we were one species long before we were peoples of many faiths and that is often forgotten in the hysterical and hateful outpourings of people whose opinions I find it difficult to tolerate

    • gwpj says:

      My pleasure, Peter. I agree with you that we were one species long before we separated into tribes, religions (each one being THE truth, of course 🙂 ).

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