Tag: tolerance

Hearings on Islamic extremism set the worst example

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota Next month, the chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security plans to launch hearings on so-called domestic Islamic terrorism. To justify the hearings, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, has made grossly irresponsible statements to right-wing broadcasters — claiming that 80 percent of U.S. mosques are extremist hotbeds and

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Egypt’s Muslims express solidarity by acting as “human shields” for Coptic Churches

We thought it is important to show examples of solidarity and tolerance in a time when contention and division are celebrated by the media. In case you missed it, here are a few links: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/3216/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-Muslims-to-act-as-human-shields-at-Coptic-Ch.aspx http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/07/egypt.coptic.church.attack/index.html http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/egyptian-muslims-lend-support-to-coptics-on-religious-holiday/article1860811/ http://www.insidecatholic.com/9228-egyptian-muslims-act-as-human-shields-at-coptic-christmas-mass.html http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/news/29940-egyptian-muslims-serve-as-christian-body-shields

Monitoring Muslim Americans

By Hani Hamdan, Engage Minnesota Some time ago, a friend told me a story about his workplace. A Sudanese client came in for a visit. One of my friend’s colleagues met the client, and afterward described him as “a very smart guy.” He said it as though it were a cause for concern. Read the

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Local Human Rights Award Recognizes Interfaith Work

By Autif Sayyed, American Muslim Community Center Representatives from the three churches and Saleem Adam of American Muslim Community Center, second from left. On May 20, the City of Eden Prairie honored American Muslim Community Center (AMCC) and three churches–Eden Prairie United Methodist Church, Pax Christi Catholic Community and Prairie Lutheran Church–with its annual Human

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Bridging the gap between Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors

By Heba Abdel-Karim Imagine this scenario: You live in the same area with your Minnesotan Muslim neighbor. This person, his actions, beliefs, and practices seem a bit peculiar to you, as you have not encountered many Muslims. All you know about Muslims is what you hear others say, from the media and the like, but

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