Glenn Beck Rescues the Day

Posted by on June 02, 2011 in Blog

In response to a question about whether he would be comfortable appointing Muslims to his cabinet or as federal judges were he elected President, Herman Cain said the following:

You think that’s shocking coming from a presidential contender? Wait until you hear who took issue with his comments! Glenn Beck (yes, seriously, Glenn Beck) noted that even he would trust his Muslim friends with such positions, and asked Cain via telephone on his show to explain his perplexing statement. It turns out that the whole thing was just one big misunderstanding, and...

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Newt Gingrich Declares his Candidacy

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, officially declared his candidacy for president today. Gingrich, a former professor of history, stepped out of academia and into the political arena when he was first elected to the House in 1978. Gingrich became the face of the Republican Party in 1994 as Speaker of the House and a formidable opponent to the Clinton administration. In 1999, Gingrich left his seat in Congress and established a business, published several books, and was a frequent political commentator for Fox News.

Gingrich’s decision to re-enter politics by becoming a Republican presidential candidate...

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Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’

Posted by on April 19, 2011 in News Clips

While some GOP presidential contenders ratchet up their anti-Muslim rhetoric to toxic levels, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel (R) is set to accept a prestigious award next month from the Arab American Institute.May Berry, executive director of AAI, told TPM that the award was incidental to his status as a possible presidential candidate and celebrates his broad record of public service and his Syrian heritage, which is not commonly known. Nonetheless, she noted that Daniels' award comes at a time of increasingly mainstream anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in conservative circles."It's a moment to honor our own and Mitch Daniels goes back...

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ACLU Map Highlights Mosque Opposition Across the U.S.

Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Blog
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has published a map online which highlights regions and states in the U.S. where both planned or existing mosques and Islamic centers have met opposition in one form or another. The red dots shed light on a disturbing trend that has taken root across the country since the Park 51 controversy in Lower Manhattan.
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ACLU Map Highlights Mosque Opposition Across the U.S.

Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Blog
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has published a map online which highlights regions and states in the U.S. where both planned or existing mosques and Islamic centers have met opposition in one form or another. The red dots shed light on a disturbing trend that has taken root across the country since the Park 51 controversy in Lower Manhattan.
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Assessing Consequences of Rancor in Political Discourse

Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Blog
Today from 12pm to 1:30 pm, the Center For American Progress (CAP) will convene a panel of experts entitled: Choosing our words Carefully: The Consequences of Heated Rhetoric to address the rise in xenophobic and bigoted rhetoric in politics and its affect on various ethnic and religious communities throughout the country. Citing the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, the panel will also assess how heated political discourse has the potential to encourage irascible and discontent individuals to violence. This event will be live-streamed and we encourage you to tune in. AAI president Jim Zogby is among the featured panelists.
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Share Your News With Us

Posted by on April 04, 2011 in Blog
Given the situation in the Middle East, there is a growing need for Arab Americans to be in the media and weigh in on the issues that matter. During the height of the revolution in Egypt we put a number of individuals in contact with various media outlets to ensure Arab American voices were heard. It is extremely important to AAI and to the community that Arab Americans are represented in the media. Please continue to share your news with us and let us know what you are doing. Additionally, if you need any help in contacting the media, we have several tools available and would be happy to assist. Here are some appearances of Jim on a few programs we'd like to share with you. You can also share your news with us by...
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GOP, Stirring a Lethal Brew

Posted on April 04, 2011 in Washington Watch
The matter of bigotry against Muslims in America has been with us for quite some time now. In the past week, there were multiple incidents that served to catapult this problem to the forefront of national attention.
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Hardball: Burning of the Quran leads to violent reaction

Posted by MSNBC on April 01, 2011 in News Clips

On Friday April 1, 2011, AAI President James Zogby appeared on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews to discuss the violent reaction in Afghanistan to a Qur'an burning in Florida. The Assault on a U.N. compound in Afghanistan lead to the deaths of several people.

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Durbin’s Hearings Send an Important Message

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog
On Tuesday, Democratic Party Whip Senator Dick Durbin (IL) convened a hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. Viewed widely as a counterweight to Representative Peter King's (R-NY) hearings on "radicalization" in the American Muslim community, Durbin's hearing did not garner nearly as much attention from the media. Despite the relative lack of coverage, the message Senator Durbin's hearings sent to the American Muslim community and to the general American public at large was an extremely important and positive one.
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