Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman, 3/9/13
Adam Soltani, executive director of [CAIR-OK], said the thwarted attempts on the in- and outbound trips were frustrating. "We are very happy that he made it home, but we are disappointed that the U.S. government didn't allow him to fly and didn't provide him with a reason," Soltani said. "A citizen should not have to do extraordinary things to travel."
"I was told by one of Harmeet's friends that because of her religion, her loyalty is to the Muslim religion," Eyzendooren wrote in the Facebook post. "So she will defend a Muslim beheading two men without any hesitation. . .she is not a Republican." Sikhism is a separate religion from Islam, but Sikhs are often the target of anti-Muslim bigotry because some people believe they are Muslims.
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) politely and rightly objected to the talk, pointing out that permitting Islamaphobic hate-speech in a taxpayer-subsidized venue contravenes both the Human Rights Code and the Criminal Code of Canada. In the process, though, CAIR-CAN asked an important question: whether public speeches to denounce non-Muslim community centres and places of worship would be equally tolerated?
The message behind the Memphis Muslim Medical Clinic's slogan is evident in the waiting room. The people here -- people of every age, race, religion and infirmity -- seem to have only one thing in common: a lack of health insurance.