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Muslim Community Center sponsors symposium on tolerance

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SILVER SPRING –The staff of the Muslim Community Center invited the public to a panel discussion held on the center grounds Tuesday night on “How to oppose hate in our communities.” The discussion focused on ways to respond to hate crimes, combat negative stereotypes of various groups as well as resistance to troubling policies, such as President Trump’s recently-overturned ban on traveling to seven Muslim majority countries and proposed mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Muslim leaders rally for refugees

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WASHINGTON – For seven years running, the self-proclaimed oldest Muslim organization in America has met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

While Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has made a routine point to meet with representatives to discuss goals in combating extremism both inside and outside of the Islamic community, community members said this year’s meeting on Capitol Hill took on another level of importance after the election of President Donald J. Trump.

This year’s Day on the Hill focused on Trump’s new executive order that placed a indefinite moratorium on refugees from Syria and a 90- day travel ban from seven Muslim majority nations, and the rise in hate crimes.

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"Intent To Discriminate"

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ACLU and county residents join in fight against Trump travel ban

 

The American Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs, including several county residents, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Maryland’s Southern Division against President Donald J. Trump and members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The suit challenges Trump’s recent travel ban, alleging it is unconstitutional. 

Plaintiffs allege the ban “violates the Constitution - including the First Amendment's prohibition of government establishment of religion and the Fifth Amendment's guarantees of equal treatment under the law - and federal laws,” according to a ACLU news release. 

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Takoma Park to remain a sanctuary city despite Trump's executive order

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While the future of Pres. Donald Trump’s executive order to severely limit the number of people from some Muslim-majority countries is played out in the courts and out in the streets filled with protesters, Takoma Park stands strong in its decades-old decision to be a sanctuary city.

“Nothing is changing,” said Mayor Kate Stewart.

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A ban by any other name...

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Donald J. Trump's instituting a ban on individuals from seven Muslim nations entering our country is not the first time a ban has been set in place but it clearly is a ban like none before it. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Bush administration instituted the No-Fly List and the Terrorist Watch List.
The No-Fly List is a list of individuals prohibited from boarding commercial aircraft for travel to or within the United States.
The Terror Watch List, a much longer list of names than the No-Fly List, consists of individuals suspected of some involvement with terrorism and as of June 2016 has some 1,877,133 names on it.
The difference between these lists and the banning of an entire religion from entering the United States as was just done by our new president is the difference between religious freedom and religious persecution.

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Protests of Trump's immigration ban at Dulles

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DULLES – Sunday the message was clear.

“Immigrants are welcome here,” protesters chanted at Dulles International Airport Sunday afternoon.

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order that barred refugees from war-torn Syria and blocked nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Syria for 90 days, people gathered to protest at international airports across the country Sunday.

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How can you hate me?

 

10580230 10203559949373959 2236915944904062630 nHow can you hate me when you don’t even know me? That question, asked by local musician and civil rights activist Daryl Davis rings hard in the ears this Holiday season.
Which holiday season? Hanukkah and Christmas run concurrently this year. Ramadan was back in June and July while Mawlid is celebrated in December. Kwanzaa is also celebrated this month. And the big daddy Christmas is neigh upon us.

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Seeing and saying something

In the world of medicine and combating life threatening diseases there are two primary paths to follow. The path chosen is ordinarily dictated by whether the patient has been infected with a life threatening disease or has not. If the individual, for example let's say a cancer patient, is undergoing treatment that treatment would normally include some chemotherapy combined with radiation to attempt to destroy the malignancy that is rearing its ugly head in the patient. For all those who have not yet been infected by a life threatening disease, the focus is ordinarily on prevention, such as no smoking, proper diet and the like.

Contrary to the ego-driven rhetoric of some of the presidential candidates, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to be more specific, the same paths are required when dealing with ISIS. Limiting their response to a military action against existing terrorists without addressing the ever growing recruitment problem only serves to demonstrate their complete misunderstanding of how to deal with this deadly threat not just in the immediate but for the long term.

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Local Muslims react to Ben Carson

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After retired neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson (R) told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd he would not support a Muslim president, local Muslims called into question his line of logic.
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