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Chicago Sun-Times, Ahmed Rehab: Hate crimes in a class of their own

Hate crimes are their own class of crime for a very good reason: The enhanced classification and punishment deters people from criminally acting out on their bigotry. It is the government’s obligation to its citizens to take a no-tolerance position on such crimes. Continue reading

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Emanuel’s Apology Was Right Thing To Do

I think I speak for a good chunk of Chicagoland’s large Muslim community when I applaud Rahm Emanuel for doing the right thing by apologizing for his father’s disparaging comments about Arabs. Continue reading

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Pope, Muhammad Cartoon Have It All Wrong

Firstly, I write to protest the vilification of an entire people or religion based on what their worse stereotypes have to offer; I ought to remind Higgins that, for many people, this is precisely what defines racism. Secondly, I vow to redouble my own commitment to dialogue and education, these – and not anger – are the most effective weapons against ignorance.
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Impudent Cartoon

OK, so I have witnessed the impudent display of reductionism otherwise known as a Jack Higgins cartoon last Wednesday. I have seen his characterization of the Prophet Muhammad as a sword-wielding, raging lunatic with a mountain of skulls at his … Continue reading

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Telling It Like It Should Be

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) believes peace activists from Egypt should be greeted at O’Hare Airport with a hefty dose of institutionalized discrimination. Their offense? Being of the same age group and national origin as Mohamed Atta. “I’m OK with discrimination against young Arab males from terrorist-producing states,” says Kirk. Continue reading

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The True Muslim Spirit

The true Muslim spirit is not to destroy, but to build. We have an obligation to live this message to our compatriots in the West, and to challenge those fringe Muslims who desecrate it with their deplorable blind anger. In such trying times, as we American Muslims struggle to deal with the dual challenges of post-9/11 life, we are mobilizing with optimism to become more American and more Muslim. Continue reading

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