It’s Time to Abandon Muslim Stereotype

Ako Abdul-Samad

Ako Abdul-Samad, a pro-marriage equality candidate, recently won a primary election in a landslide against an anti-gay opponent, Clair Rudison, Jr., in a race to represent a Des Moines district in the Iowa legislature.

Samad, who is Muslim, advocated for protecting the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state. Rudison, who is a Christian minister, advocated a constitutional amendment to take away that right.

Jason Hazma van Boom commented on how the race teaches us a lesson about stereotypes, including the common belief that Muslims are uniformly opposed to lgbt rights. Muslims are not unanimous on any issue. Neither are Christians, Jews, or any other religious group.

On the other hand, I have not yet heard of any Muslims in Illinois speaking out on marriage equality or other LGBT issues. If you are out there reading this, please sign our civil unions petition.

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One Response to “It’s Time to Abandon Muslim Stereotype”

  1. the3rddegree Says:

    If you want to learn more about progressive Muslims who support LGBT rights, check out these resources:

    Al-Fatiha – http://www.al-fatiha.org/
    Muslims for Progressive Values – http://mpvusa.org/

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