Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Wisconsin among 17 states without Anti-Muslim candidates running for political office

Anti-Muslim campaigns have spread nationwide but the clear majority of them fail, according to a new report released on October 22 by Muslim Advocates. The group also found no examples of the rhetoric used in Wisconsin. Running on Hate: 2018 Pre-Election Report maps and analyzes the rhetoric and campaigns of every anti-Muslim candidate it could identify in the 2018 and 2017 elections and is complete with trends, anecdotes, polling and original interviews with voters. Among the key findings of the report: Anti-Muslim campaigns are taking place nationwide. The study identified 80 anti-Muslim campaigns taking place in 33 states and every...

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Study finds Republicans more likely to have negative view of Muslim Americans

Thinktank New America found 71% of Republicans surveyed said they don’t believe Islam is compatible with US values. While most non-Muslims in the US are accepting of Muslim Americans, Republicans are far more likely to have potentially negative views about them, according to data released Thursday. New America, a thinktank working with the American Muslim Institution, conducted 1,165 interviews in four metropolitan areas prior to the 6 November midterm elections. Perceptions of Muslims in America are especially prescient in advance of an election cycle that has highlighted racial, religious and economic divides. Donald Trump has capitalized on anti-Muslim sentiment...

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Samba Baldeh: From Gambian immigrant to Common Council President of Madison

Samba Baldeh has never been easily deterred, he followed his curiosity from Africa to Madison and the City Council presidency. Subsistence farming was the dominant way of life in the small village where he was raised, but at a young age, Baldeh decided he wanted to pursue another way of life. “I know taking the challenge would give me a better product than running away from it,” said Baldeh, president of the Madison City Council, an information technology project manager at American Family Insurance and immigrant from Gambia. Children in his village learned Arabic, how to read the Koran...

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Muslim organizations in Milwaukee jointly condemn the synagogue attack in Pittsburgh

The Islamic Society of Milwaukee, the largest Muslim organization in the State of Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition send their thoughts and prayers and extend their support to our Jewish community members and partners in light of the tragic shooting at the Tree of Light Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sadly, 11 members of several Jewish congregations were killed during the October 27th worship services. As Muslim organizations, we unequivocally condemn the heinous and cowardly attack in Pittsburgh and we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and all of our fellow citizens, of whatever race, religion or...

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Muslim groups join to raise funds for victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

The Muslim-American community has raised tens of thousands of dollars in a crowdfunding effort to help the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left at least 11 people dead and six wounded. The campaign, which is hosted by Muslim crowdfunding site LaunchGood, aims to help shooting victims, “whether it is the injured victims or the Jewish families who have lost loved ones.” It was started by Tarek El-Messidi, a Muslim-American speaker and founder of CelebrateMercy, a nonprofit organization that “teaches about the Prophet Muhammad’s life and character.” According to an update the campaign’s page, its original goal of...

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Pittsburgh shooting suspect raged against Jews and Muslims on alt-right website

Robert Bowers appears to have used the platform Gab to accuse Jews of bringing ‘evil Muslims’ into US. The alleged gunman who reportedly shouted “all Jews must die” before opening fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday regularly posted antisemitic conspiracy theories on an extremist social media site, including accusing Jewish people of trying to bring “evil” Muslims into the United Officials named the suspect as Robert Bowers, of Pittsburgh. His age was unclear, but he was reported to be 46. He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, officials said. On Gab, a social media network favored...

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