Not long ago, Colin Powell importantly reminded America – amidst false assertions during the election campaign that President Obama is Muslim – that there should be nothing wrong with being Muslim in this country in the first place. His statement was a powerful reminder that this country is comprised of an awesome diversity of faithful and patriotic Americans. Yet, surely we cannot leave the task of conveying such critical messages to one ex-secretary of state. In this age, where it has become far too common to assume our Muslim brothers and sisters are not “one of us”, what initiatives can your office launch to change these perceptions, and to engage the American people in recognizing that we are all – Hindu, Christian, Jew, Baha’i, or Muslim – part of the American fabric?
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