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New Muslim Movement Challenges Islamophopbia on Home Turf

Tea Party circles in East Tennessee might seem an unlikely environment for launching a Muslim organization. Will Coley, a 31-year-old Tennessee native, Muslim convert and Tea Party activist did just that.

His one person outreach project to Tea Party conservatives and libertarians grew into the first national organization countering Islamophobia on the Right.

Their message: Islam is compatible with an anti-big government or libertariarian philosophy.
“I have noticed everywhere we go it is about the same,” says Coley. “We talk to 50 people. The five to six that pointed the group in an anti-Islam direction still hate us, but the rest start thinking, researching.”

Most notably, in 2011 Coley persuaded the majority of Tea Party organizations in East Tennessee to take a stand against Islamophobia.

After speaking with fourteen Tea Party chapters about Muslim beliefs on sharia and liberty, twelve agreed to reject anti-Muslim appeals. They even publically supported a petition opposing a proposed “sharia (Islamic religious code) ban” in Tennessee.

Coley’s efforts drew the attention of members of the small but growing community of Muslim libertarians, especially after an initial article on the anti-Islamophobia website Loonwatch.com.
Davi Barker, 31, a California journalist, blogger, and artist first contacted Coley to do a story on him, then began working with him. They were soon joined by Hesham El-Meligy, 41, from New England and Ramy Osman, 35, from Virginia.

The last two had started a website called Muslims4Liberty,org, while Coley and Barker had independently started a Facebook group called Muslims For Liberty. They decided to combine forces.
“[W]e started collaboration with them and we became a family immediately,” says El-Meligy.
By 2012, Muslims4Liberty/Muslims For Liberty has gained hundreds of followers, establishing chapters in Tennessee, California, Ohio, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., as well as in Australia, Malaysia and Pakistan.

They also worked with other groups in opposing New York Police Department surveillance of American Muslims, and co-sponsored the only two national debates featuring third party presidential candidates during the 2012 election, hosted by Larry King and broadcast by C-Span and Al Jazeera.

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Romney received only 4 per

Romney received only 4 per cent of the Muslim American vote! It baffles me why no one in the media discusses this. Oh wait. On second thought, not surprising at all. After all, Latinos are so much more important than other minorities. right.

There are like a bajillion

There are like a bajillion more Latinos in America than Muslims. To someone trying to win an election Latinos are a huge deal, Muslims are much less of a deal.

There are far more Latinos

There are far more Latinos yes, but the population of Muslim Americans is increasing rapidly, and unlike the Latinos, it actually is a natural constituency for conservative politics. I don't know any Muslim who is pro abortion for example, or who supports single moms having babies.

You must not know that many

You must not know that many Muslims then.

If you want to win an election, you have to appeal to the largest common denominator voters, and Muslims are not it. There's a reason why people can use terms like "Islamofascism" and still win election.

Excuse me, but are you

Excuse me, but are you suggesting that most Muslims are pro abortion, pro gay marriage, or pro war, or pro welfare? Muslim families are much stronger than most American families.

Not most Muslims. As far as

Not most Muslims. As far as Muslim Americans, I am really not sure. I can tell you for certain that there are many Muslim Americans who are pro abortion, pro gay marriage, and pro welfare. I don't know any who are pro war but to be honest most people don't frame their beliefs as 'pro war' but with a euphemism like pro national security.

To tell you the truth, I've never met a Muslim American who doesn't think there should be some government aid to the country's poorest. Not that that means that such a Muslim American doesn't exist.

Yes, but..

When you respect one minority you tend to respect all minorities, even the smallest minority group - the individual...

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OK, try not targeting special

OK, try not targeting special interest groups and see how far that gets you in an election.

Aww,

love to see people working together towards liberty and justice for all!

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

To those that don't know Will Coley..

He's our kind of Tea Party!

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I live in East Tennessee and

I live in East Tennessee and I've never heard of Will Coley

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

Well...

Now you have!:)

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