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The Rohingya Crisis: What it is and How We Stop it

Genocides are neither sudden nor unavoidable phenomenon. Minority groups, that were once accepted members of society, do not become targets for extermination overnight. Instead, they often begin with a series of ever-harshening policies that aim to deprive rights and implicitly condone violence against a group of people. Eventually, that group loses its claim to citizenship and becomes an unprotected minority ...

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Young Leaders Making an Impact in Policy & Hollywood

Young Leaders Making an Impact in Policy & Hollywood

“The Summit changed my life and showed me that my voice matters and that there is a place for me to make a difference.” Each year, we hear this sentiment from dozens of American Muslim young leaders from universities around the country who gather in Washington, DC for our Policy Young Leaders Summit and in Los Angeles for our Hollywood Young Leaders Summit — ...

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The PATRIOT Act: When Reform Isn’t Enough

Sen. Mitch Mcconnell

This Sunday, the Senate will debate major provisions of the PATRIOT Act in light of its upcoming expiration. One result of the expiration means that the privacy of Americans’ phone records will be restored. In response to the deadline of the PATRIOT Act, earlier this month, the House passed the USA Freedom Act, which reformed the law to terminate the ...

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The Terrorist Who Got Away

Robert Doggart

“Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives. We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God.” When ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi uttered the above statement, Americans shivered from fear. The media dissected this man’s life to find how his religiously-inspired extremism drove him to desire to kill freedom-loving ...

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Bullets Against Cartoons are Bullets Against the Prophet

Yesterday, two men identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, reportedly fired shots in Garland, Texas at a controversial cartoon contest showcasing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. “The actions of these two men denigrate the Prophet Muhammad more than any cartoon ever could,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President.  “The bullets used by the assailants were bullets against our faith.” The ...

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Youth Involvement: The Forgotten Aspect of Policy

Youth

This past weekend, Riham Osman, MPAC’s Communications Coordinator spoke at the White House to a group of middle and high school Muslim girls. Organized by Rumana Ahmed, who also discussed her role as an American Muslim female leader, the speakers brought up issues relating to identity and bullying as a result of how the media portrays Muslims. They shared their ...

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Fear of the Unknown: How to Improve Perceptions of Muslims

Islam Picture

People fear that which they don’t understand. So goes the axiom, and this was confirmed in a recent poll about American views of Islam by HuffPo/YouGov. Thepoll, conducted last month, found that 55% of Americans held an unfavorable view of Islam. Couple that high negative perception of Muslims with the fact that 44% of Americans had no interest in even ...

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Baltimore Uprising: Reporting vs the Truth

Baltimore Uprising

Unarmed African-American men are shot and killed by police at a disturbing rate. The latest victim to garner national attention is Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man from Baltimore who was illegally arrested and died after sustaining a spinal cord injury while in police custody. Today, Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide, and charges will be filed against six ...

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Indiana and Religious Freedom for All

Indiana Business

Indiana’s proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has stirred controversy in that it could make it easier for private entities to discriminate against minorities. The law would raise the standard of scrutiny for discrimination cases, defending potentially discriminatory actions in court under the guise of religious freedom. This law brings up an interesting conversation that must be had within the ...

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‘But, American Muslims aren’t real Muslims’

Attia Nasar

FAREEHA REHMAN — UPDATED APR 13, 2015 03:55PM “I was in Afghanistan for a radio interview and the guys didn’t believe I was Muslim enough,” commented Attia. —AP The ends of the floral scarf around her shoulders fluttered behind her. Despite the wind, her black hijab was securely wrapped around her head, with just the slightest bit of hair peeking out. ...

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