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The Swing Vote: The GOP’s Need for the American Muslim Vote

Jeb Bush

The Republican Party is recognizing the need to reform itself and is becoming more inclusive and open-minded on social issues such as immigration, LGBTQ rights and welfare programs. Yet, despite all this progress, the party seems stagnant on one key issue: the treatment of American Muslims. When considering the efforts made by the Bush Administration to engage the Muslim community and ...

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The Double Standards of “Terrorism”

Terrorism Double standards

Elliot Rodger openly discussed his intentions, through his writings and vlogs, to kill every woman on University of California, Santa Barbara’s campus for misogynistic reasons, yet media outlets stated his mental illness was the primary motivation for the killing.  Craig Hicks regularly posted about his hatred of the Islamic faith and shot three Muslims “execution style,” yet media outlets stated ...

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Meeting the President at the White House Iftar

President at the White House Iftar

Dear Friend — Last night, I attended the White House Iftar on behalf of MPAC along with two of our Young Leader alumni, Wardah Khalid and Yusuf Abdul-Qadir. I had the opportunity to sit at the table with President Obama along with the responsibility to raise pressing issues facing our community. I joined eight other young American Muslim leaders at ...

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The Argument Against Boots on the Ground…Again

US Troops

Traditional warfare against ideologically-based insurgent groups has consistently shown to be a costly, bloody, and ultimately an ineffective tool. Whether it was Vietnam, Afghanistan, or Iraq, the usual rhetoric of the war being a quick and efficient one has proven to be a farce. The U.S. was bogged down in each of these countries for nearly a decade with little ...

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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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