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Muslim Americans rally to get out vote
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 22, 2010 | Amy Lee

Posted on 10/22/2010 7:48:45 PM PDT by Graybeard58

The so-called Ground Zero mosque. The Florida pastor intent on torching Qurans. And the Disneyland hostess barred from wearing a hijab.

Kiran Ansari cites those issues and others as proof that "Islamophobia" is on the rise in the United States and underscores the need for Muslim Americans to get involved in the democratic process. » Click to enlarge image Universal School students hold a homemade American flag sign at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. (Matthew Grotto/Sun-Times Media)

"Those things have a ripple effect on us here in Chicago," said Ansari, 34, who will cast a ballot for the first time when she votes early this month for the Nov. 2 election.

"We want to translate these sad and very terrible things into empowerment and understanding," Ansari said.

She was among dozens of Muslims who gathered Thursday afternoon at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview for a get-out-the-vote rally to encourage the Muslim community to cast ballots in the mid-term election. For months, leaders of the Muslim community have pushed for members to register to vote, get educated on the issues and candidates and turn out for early voting or at their polling places on Nov. 2. They dubbed the movement "Our Vote is Our Power" and hope to mobilize 20,000 Muslim voters to the polls.

The goal is simple: Turn frustration into action, especially on issues such as immigration reform and refugee rights.

"American Muslims are not a threat to this nation," said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a federation of 63 mosques and Muslim organizations in Illinois.

"The threat to this nation is those who would divide us based on race, faith or ethnicity because those are the ones who undermine our values."

Chicago area Muslims say they are subjected to racial profiling and encounter roadblocks when seeking zoning permits to build or expand mosques and Islamic centers.

"We will respond by going to the polls on Election Day," said Lawrence Benito, deputy director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

On Thursday, the groups also affixed homemade signs declaring "Real heros vote!" and "We are America" to a bus that drove about 50 Muslim voters to the Oak Lawn Village Hall to participate in early voting.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: election; elections2010; islam; jihad; muslim; stealthjihad; voting
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Universal School students hold a homemade American flag sign at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. (Matthew Grotto/Sun-Times Media)

1 posted on 10/22/2010 7:48:47 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

Why a ‘homemade’ flag. That’s not our Flag look.


2 posted on 10/22/2010 7:50:34 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Graybeard58

Guess which party they will vote for.


3 posted on 10/22/2010 7:50:36 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Mark Kirk "republican" Illinois, not no but HELL NO!)
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4 posted on 10/22/2010 8:02:25 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Graybeard58

The muzzies vote with airplanes flown into buildings, missiles lobbed into villages, bombs strapped to their brainwashed children, explosives in their underwear, etc. They are not American, they are medieval.


5 posted on 10/22/2010 8:06:53 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Graybeard58
NO! YOU ARE NOT AMERICA.

You are members of a foreign Political System inclusive of Judicial, Financial, and Military (Jihad) laws contrary to our own under the guise of a Religion. There is room for only one Political System in the United States of America, and it already exists.

You can visit Disneyland, meet Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck, and then go home.

6 posted on 10/22/2010 8:09:25 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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FUBO!
7 posted on 10/22/2010 8:14:25 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Graybeard58

Muslim American is a contradiction. Sharia law, which they MUST obey, prohibits adherence to our constitutional values in just about every conceivable way. If they want to show us all how much they love America they can convert to a compatible religion.


8 posted on 10/22/2010 8:16:40 PM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: Graybeard58

“The goal is simple: “Turn frustration into action”, especially on issues such as immigration reform and refugee rights.”

I’m “no” expert but that sounds like a declaration of jihad.

Those mobile-koran emplacements look ready for duty too.


9 posted on 10/22/2010 8:33:41 PM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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"American Muslims are not a threat to this nation," said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a federation of 63 mosques and Muslim organizations in Illinois.

You can stop right there, Acccchhhhhhmed. CAIR=Terrorist Supporters.

10 posted on 10/22/2010 8:42:39 PM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: Graybeard58

Muslim American???? Impossible there can never be such a thing!


11 posted on 10/22/2010 9:00:16 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Graybeard58
Let me guess: "You do not pay jizya! Those who insult The Prophet are not beheaded! Hate crimes!"
12 posted on 10/23/2010 4:24:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Graybeard58

Where’s the slate/salon article eviscerating them for desecrating the flag?


13 posted on 10/23/2010 11:08:17 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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