Mean spirits 'teabillies' bring shame to the South

Killian-TN-forumPam Sohn, The Times Free Press, 6/6/13

I can count only two times I've ever been embarrassed to be Southern or Tennessean.

The first was when I was a child and George Wallace was grandstanding on television with a crowd of toothless and drawling supporters around him. I thought: Oh, no, now the whole country will think none of us have teeth.

CAIR-SFBA Offers Safety Recommendations After Assault on Muslim Woman

CAIR-logoCAIR-SFBA has received a disturbing report from Antioch, Calif., about an attack on a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf and South Asian attire. The woman was walking in a public area during daylight hours when an assailant reportedly suffering from mental delusions punched her and stabbed her multiple times.  

Honoring Muslim American Veterans on Memorial Day

Muslim-VeteransCraig Considine, Huffington Post

On May 27th, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died fighting in the United States armed forces. On this Memorial Day, I want to draw attention to the Muslim Americans who have died in battle for the United States. In doing so I hope to honor the Muslim American community for the sacrifices they have made for their country.

Guantanamo Bay prison guard converts to Islam because of the living faith of Muslim detainees

Terry-HoldbrooksBy Kay Campbell, All Alabama, 5/26/2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Terry Holdbrooks Jr., 29, wears the beard of a bald Amish guy, the tattoos of a punk kid, and the twitchy alertness of a military policeman. Take him to a restaurant, and he'll choose the chair with its back against the wall. Take his photo, and he'll prefer to look away from the camera.

'The Daily Show' on Profiling: The Only Unfair Thing Ever

Daily-Show-profilingJason Jones talks with radio personality and "The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide" author Wayne Allyn Root about the indignity of being profiled. The video is here.


Huntsville Islamic center welcomes first full-time imam

Huntsville-imamKay Campbell,

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The Huntsville Islamic Center, with its more than 200 families in the congregation that has become a focal point for Muslims across North Alabama, now has its first full-time minister: Imam Ragab Abdelmoneim, 32.

Documentary explores story of 1994 Yuba City mosque arson

Yuma-mosque-arsonBy Edward Ortiz, the Sacramento Bee, 5/19/13

In the 26-minute documentary "An American Mosque," filmmaker David Washburn examines the effects of the 1994 torching of a mosque on the Yuba City Muslim community at the time and and since.

Muslims to Tea Party: Welcome to our world

Muslim-Amiericans-CNNBy Sahar Aziz, Special to CNN

Reports that the Internal revenue Service has been targeting Tea Party-affiliated nonprofit organizations has grabbed headlines, but should come as no surprise. In part because of ten years of expanding government powers, much of it under the guise of national security, selective enforcement of the law has increasingly become a norm rather than an aberration.

Indiana: Muslim teen helps veteran overcome prejudice

Muslim-exchange-studentBy Rondrell Moore, WTHI, 5/13/2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A military man's beliefs have been changed for the better, thanks to a new addition to his family.
Brian Miller served in the army in the 1980s in various locations. He's a military vet, with a pride for country, you'd be hard pressed to match. His son fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Miller said his son had negative experiences while in those areas. He admits those experiences, in addition to the events of 9/11 gave him a skewed view of a big part of middle eastern culture.
"I wouldn't say hate or racist, I would say dislike of the Muslim community," Miller said.  
However, his beliefs would be turned upside down once his fiancee announced the family would be getting a little bigger. She works for the state exchange program that places students with families, and one of them needed a home.
That's where we met Brian's newest son, Ali Naqvi.
"They accepted me in their home and I ended up being their ... exchange student." (Full article)

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