"The truth is that you – and your supporters -- are scared of anything that is different than you." - Muslim Public Affairs Council
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A group of Muslim-American activists have had enough of being bullied and scapegoated by presidential candidate Donald Trump as he stokes anti-Muslim sentiment as a campaign tactic.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has sent a letter to Trump, challenging him to a debate. The group, which is dedicated to improving "public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media and communities," posted part of their letter to the xenophobic candidate on their Facebook page:
“Ever since you announced your run for Presidency of the United States, you have scapegoated the American Muslim community and other minority groups for all your perceived ills of America.
The truth is that you – and your supporters -- are scared of anything that is different than you.
You rely on the promotion of fear and Internet lies to fuel the flames of hate and divisiveness across our country.
You have no understanding of the world in which you live. That’s why you insist on backward policies, such as building walls and segregating communities based on religion, as a desperate attempt to create a false sense of strength and security, and to preserve your distorted view of what makes America great.
Well, we have news for you: We will no longer be bullied. We will no longer be your punching bag.
We challenge you to a debate with a representative from the American Muslim community on the issues you have raised about Islam and Muslims.
We are confident that you, a person of great rhetorical ability, will appreciate this opportunity to showcase to America your strength and knowledge in such matters.”
The Hill reports the last straw for the Muslim political group seemed to be when Trump repeated a story on the campaign trail about U.S. General John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines with bullets "dipped in pig's blood," - a tall tale which has been widely debunked.
The Trump campaign has not yet responded, but it is hard to envision the reality star with the courage or the knowledge base to stand face to face with a member of the Muslim community he has demonized and defend his attacks.
MPAC, which maintains America is enriched by the vital contributions of American Muslims, says its mission is to "promote the Islamic and American values of mercy, justice, peace, human dignity, freedom, and equality for all."
Mr. Trump has yet to demonstrate he understands any of those things.
Photo is from MPAC via Facebook