A good friend of mine used to be very religious.
And now that he’s a Christian, I see his religion has come to a new level of intensity.
In the past year, I’ve been seeing more and more people calling him a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew, and he says, “Well, it’s really difficult to be all of those things at once.”
And he’s right.
I think it’s been a blessing to be able to see him in person and know that he is a person of great compassion, who’s actually an open and accepting person.
He’s been very kind to me, too.
I’m not alone.
People are now calling out Muslim and Christian people for their anti-Semitic, anti-gay rhetoric.
I’ve seen it in some of my more public-facing Facebook pages.
And it’s not just about the people who post, it is a very visible form of discrimination against those of us who are Muslim and Muslim-American.
And the result is a lot of Muslims and Muslim Americans are feeling ostracized.
So here’s what I’m trying to do.
I want to make sure we have a space where we can all come together and have some dialogue about what it means to be Muslim and Muslims-American, and what it feels like to be excluded.
And I want people to know that I don’t believe all of these things are in the best interest of everyone.
I don`t believe the anti-Semitism, the bigotry and the homophobia that people talk about in public.
But I also believe there are people in our country who are in many ways worse off than we are.
It just doesn`t matter.
If we want to create a better future for ourselves and our children, we have to work together.
And we have an opportunity right now to do that.
It is not enough to simply call out the anti to be anti-Muslim.
It has to be the opposite.
We can’t ignore those who hold bigotry and hate and hate speech against us.
We have to call out those who want to take our jobs, and we have had to deal with a lot in the last year.
I have come to believe that this country is the best country in the world.
And for that, we must all work together, as Americans.
And that’s why I’m going to be reaching out to Muslim and Arab Americans who feel marginalized and marginalized, and people who feel afraid and scared and misunderstood, and working to make our communities a place where everyone feels welcome and safe.
We are not going to win this war on terror until we stop discriminating against our fellow citizens, and stop targeting and vilifying our fellow Muslims and Arabs and Christians.
And until that happens, we cannot win.
But we can begin to make it a place in which we all feel safe.