Omar Abdel-Ghaffar was jolted from sleep early Sunday by calls and texts that the local mosque in Davis, directly across from the University of California campus, had been vandalized.
The windows at the Islamic Center of Davis had been shattered. Bacon had been wrapped around the door handles of the main entryway — a sign of disrespect, as pork is forbidden in Islam. Bike tires were slashed.
“This is where we grew up,” said Abdel-Ghaffar, born and raised in Davis and a fourth-year UC Davis student. “To see that anger. All of those cracks, the shattered glass. The sheer anger was really scary.”
Mansoor Shams is comfortable with a variety of labels.
He’s a veteran, who served in the U.S. Marines from 2000 to 2004. He’s a small-business owner. He’s a Muslim youth leader. And now he’s an ambassador — self-appointed.
Shams is traveling around the country with a sign that says, “I’m A Muslim U.S. Marine Ask Anything.”
He says the most common questions are related to the Islamic stance on Sharia law, women’s rights, ISIS and homosexuality. While the questions aren’t always informed, Shams tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro that he still believes these conversations have led to something positive.
“There’s a lot of assumptions that are made, unfortunately, when people see a Muslim,” he says. “But what I found is that the conversation, the dialogue, has for the most part led to something very fruitful.”
WASHINGTON, – The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today revealed that the original draft of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) controversial “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act” was written by a disgraced former FBI agent who has made a career out of bashing Muslims and Islam.
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An Islamophobic website (WND, 11/23/2014) reported that John Guandolo, who claims that former CIA Director John Brennan is a “secret Muslim,” “helped draft the [original] anti-Brotherhood bill” for then Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
“The fact that Senator Cruz’s current legislation has its origins in the conspiracy theories of a notorious Islamophobe serves to prove that the bill is designed as the basis for an anti-Muslim witch hunt, not as a legitimate defense of national security,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
By Lauren Keene
An act of vandalism at the Davis Islamic Center early Sunday morning is being investigated as a hate crime, Davis police said Sunday.
“Officers found that an unidentified suspect had used an unknown type device to shatter six window panes on the building exterior,” Lt. Tom Waltz said in a news release. “The same suspect also placed strips of uncooked bacon on an exterior door handle and destroyed two bikes parked on the property.”
Terror in Spain: Gunman screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ opens fire in supermarket” screamed a Daily Express news story recently. This headline is the latest in a long list of false and inaccurate stories I have identified as part of my work challenging the misreporting of Islam and Muslims in the media.
It’s Sept. 9, 2016. A Trump supporter in Brooklyn has allegedly attacked two Muslim women and their babies. I think about my pregnant friends in the area. I don’t want to call and worry them.