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governance from God to the leadership commissioners resulted in the county of our county. [Full text of the invocation commission deciding to remove prayer entirely from the commission meetings. will appear on MuslimAmerican.com] This was not my intended goal; but, During the invocation there were many there are ripple effects to everything that shouts of “Amen” from the assembled has happened. Today if you Google which brought back memories of tent “Lincoln County Prayer,” there are over revivals from my childhood. I was 750,000 results. If each page was read strengthened in my resolve because by only 20 people then over 15 Million of the presence of many members of people would be reading that Muslims Masjid Ash-Shaheed who had come out will not be silent as our rights are taken in support of defending Muslim rights away. That’s not even counting the radio for equality in governance. Brothers and television interviews that I’ve done made the hour-long drive from their over the past few months. homes in Charlotte to stand by me and We must be prepared to stand up and stare down bigotry. speak out in order to defend our liberties Chairman Mitchem, however, had and stop any effort that will force one chosen to turn his chair around and view as superior while silencing others. leave the room a few minutes before As Muslim Americans we must defend my invocation was to begin. This the rights for all citizens to be able to action prompted Commissioner Patton be represented equally by our elected to publicly chastise him before the officials as defending liberty for others end of the meeting and denounce results in defended liberty for us. It the disrespectful way he conducted does not compromise Islam in any way himself. This argument between the to demand for justice and equality in

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governance. I encourage everyone to be educated in the liberties that should be secured. Pay attention to your elected officials, especially at the local level, to ensure that they are not espousing ideologies that would lead to stripping your rights away. Our American ancestors fought for liberation from the oppression of England, liberation from the oppression of slavery and for civil rights legislation to ensure that all Americans are treated equally by government without regard to race or religion. Do not be afraid to stand up for those liberties.

“The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1822

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Muslim American Magazine September 2015  

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