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Thank you, New York Times, For Your Editorial: A Monument to Tolerance

August 14, 2010


Note from Rafik Beekun: Thank you New York TImes.  You got it right in this editorial about the Muslim Community Center in Lower Manhattan. It has been disturbing to hear and read the vitriol and outright bigotry surrounding the building of a mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. […]

Obama nominates Abdul K. Kallon to serve on District Court Bench

August 1, 2009


THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE July 31, 2009  President Obama Nominates Abdul K. Kallon  and Jacqueline Nguyen to Serve on the District Court Bench  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Abdul Kallon and Jacqueline Nguyen to United States District Court judgeships.  “These nominees have dedicated their careers to […]

“A New Beginning”? President Obama Addresses the Muslim World

June 4, 2009


Please click here to download the transcript of President Obama’s speech in Cairo.

Al-Zawahiri, isn’t time for you to shut up and turn yourself in?

November 19, 2008


Note from Rafik Beekun: Muslims reject terrorism of any kind, and take particular offense to al-Zawahri’s use of the offensive term “house Negro” in reference to President-elect Barack Obama. Islam abhors racism and emphasizes universal peace and brotherhood. We reject any and all use of racial slurs or insults. Al-Qaida’s second in command releases new […]

Prospective Jobs in Obama Administration

November 9, 2008


A website ( is designed to provide prospective applicants with information to help them apply for positions in the Obama-Biden Administration This website is designed to provide prospective applicants with information to help them apply for positions in the Obama-Biden Administration. President-Elect Obama will make appointments throughout the federal government. Some positions will require Senate confirmation […]

Islam and Obama: American Muslims overwhelmingly voted Democratic

November 8, 2008


 Lorraine Ali NEWSWEEK For the past few months, not a day went by without the words “Muslim” and “Obama” being mentioned in the same sentence. From the divisive shouts and jeers at McCain rallies to the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times to an interview with Colin Powell on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” […]

An American Muslim’s experience with democracy

October 24, 2008


About a decade and a half ago, I ran for the office of state assemblyman in District 31 of Nevada.   My first name Rafik did not sit well with some, and one of my advisors (who happened to be a state assemblyman then) suggested that I change my name to “Rocko Beekun” from “Rafik Beekun”.  […]

Islamophobic article from Republican Official in Alamogordo, New Mexico

October 21, 2008


Why I’m a Republican Alamogordo Daily News Article Launched: 10/21/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT   I read in today’s paper what a woman wrote explaining why she’s a Democrat. Let me tell you why I’m not. I’m a Republican because: I believe in a sovereign God who sometimes gives us what we deserve. I believe Muslims are […]

Putting family before politics: Senator Obama and his ailing grandmother

October 21, 2008


“And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business or making her way in the world, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman..” She’s the one […]

Election 08: Senator Obama, American Muslims and Islamophobia

October 7, 2008


Daniel Varisco, Statement of Concerned Scholars about Islamophobia in the 2008 U. S. Election Campaign Not since the election of John Kennedy in 1960 has the religious faith of a U.S. presidential candidate generated so much distortion as the false claims generated by extremist critics that Senator Barack Obama, the candidate of the Democratic […] McCain Distorting Obama’s Tax Voting Record

September 22, 2008


From CNN’s Josh Levs   Did Obama vote to raise taxes more than 90 times? The statement: “He said he won’t raise taxes for most people, but he’s voted 94 times in his short Senate career for tax increases and against tax cuts.” -Sen. John McCain, at a campaign stop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Friday […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 29–Obama’s Muslim Outreach Director Resigns

August 6, 2008


WASHINGTON: (AP) An attorney who volunteered to help Barack Obama improve his relationship with Muslim and Arab-Americans has resigned from the campaign amid questions about his connection to a fundamentalist imam. Mazen Asbahi started as the campaign’s outreach coordinator on July 26, and he resigned in a letter to the campaign Monday. He said he was […]

“Islamophobic” Cover of Obama from the New Yorker Magazine

July 14, 2008


In the following article from CNN, Alex Mooney purports that the New Yorker Poster shows Obama in traditional “Muslim” attire. I would like to know what is “traditional muslim attire”? Muslims come from just about every country on this planet, and a Muslim from Saudi Arabia will dress differently from a Muslim from India or […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 27–Obama Campaign Profiling Muslim Women with Headscarves

June 19, 2008


Note from Rafik Beekun: In the video clip below, Fox (the right-wing TV channel and supporter of McCain) is trying to amplify the story and even distort in ways that are sick, i.e. what is a “Muslim” dress?  Nevertheless, the Obama Campaign showed itself to be petty and Islamophobic when it asked two Muslim women […]

An Interfaith View: Islamophobia and Racism

April 8, 2008


By Lawrence Swaim In a much-anticipated speech about his Mormon faith, Mitt Romney had a perfect opportunity to illuminate the complexities of politics and religious liberty. Instead, he used the opportunity to plead for evangelical votes, signaling that he would do nothing to stop the Religious Right from using government to promote its agenda. This […]

It’s no slur to be called a Muslim (or to wear a turban)

March 3, 2008


Naomi Klein The Guardian, Saturday March 1 2008   Hillary Clinton denied leaking the photo of Barack Obama wearing a turban, but her campaign manager says that even if she had, it would be no big deal. “Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.” […]

Clinton vs Obama: What is the big deal over wearing Muslim or Jewish attire?

February 25, 2008


(CNN) — Barack Obama’s campaign accused Hillary Clinton’s team Monday of circulating a photo of the Illinois senator donning traditional attire – clothing worn by area Muslims – as a goodwill gesture during an overseas trip. In a statement, the Clinton campaign called the charge “an obvious and transparent attempt to distract” voters from serious […]

Letter from Obama on his Muslim heritage

February 25, 2008


Source: The Middle East Times. There has been a lot made in the recent weeks about the Muslim history of my family. Some of the things that have been said are true, others are false, so I am writing this letter to clear up the misunderstandings on this issue. Yes, it is true that I […]