Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Public backlash cancels Anti-Muslim speaking tour planned for across Wisconsin

Former FBI agent and anti-Muslim activist John Guandolo had planned to speak in five Midwestern cities from April 5 to 9, but protests forced him to cancel all five events. The tour was organized by Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hate group Understanding The Threat (UTT) in conjunction Worldview Weekend, a right-wing media group. UTT spreads anti-Muslim conspiracy theories to law enforcement groups and right-wingers, touting Guandolo’s extensive FBI background for legitimacy. Guandolo worked for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, where he was designated a so-called “Subject Matter Expert” on Islamic groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Senator Joe Lieberman presented Guandolo...

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An Islamic path for continuing Dr. King’s call to end injustice

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. On the 50th anniversary of that solemn day, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee held a special gathering of remembrance at All Saints’ Cathedral. The program was led by the Very Reverend Kevin Carroll, and explored Dr. King’s legacy and the work yet to be done to fulfill his dream. The audience of nearly two hundred people in attendance represented various faith groups in Milwaukee. They joined together, listening to stories of hope and repeated calls for direct and personal action by each individual. “Continuing Dr....

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Martin, Muhammad, and Modern America

April 4 was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of my favorite courses to teach as a Professor of African Studies and World Religions at Manhattanville College is a seminar entitled “The Religious and Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.” Like most other Muslims, I view the Prophet Muhammad as my primary moral exemplar. Nevertheless, as I examine the legacies of Muhammad ibn Abdullah (Prophet Muhammad) and Martin Luther King Jr closely, I find some powerful parallels and useful guidance for the difficulties we face in this seriously divided...

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Billionaire Robert Mercer backed secret group that exploited Facebook with anti-Muslim political ads

As the final weeks of the 2016 elections ticked down, voters in swing states like Nevada and North Carolina began seeing eerie promotional travel ads as they scrolled through their Facebook feeds or clicked through Google sites. In one, a woman with a French accent cheerfully welcomes visitors to the “Islamic State of France,” where “under Sharia law, you can enjoy everything the Islamic State of France has to offer, as long as you follow the rules.” The video has a “Man in the High Tower” feel. Iconic French tourist sites are both familiar and transformed — the Eiffel...

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Muslim immigrants and the 50 year impact of fair housing in Wisconsin

The Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers commemorated the 50th anniversary of the fair housing marches and the passage of the Fair Housing Act on March 14 at the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Office Building in Milwaukee. Finding the right home has long been part of the American dream. That dream is legally protected from discrimination or harassment based on religion. The Civil Rights Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section implements the provisions of the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,...

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