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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Gingrich shows his bigotry and hypocrisy (again).

Yesterday, Newt Gingrich joined a chorus of ignorant or bigoted individuals opposing the plan to establish a Muslim community center YMCA with a prayer space and other recreational facilities because of its proximity to Ground Zero.

In his statement posted on his website, Gingrich stated in part:

"There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over...

America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could..."

No mosque.

No self deception.

No surrender.

The time to take a stand is now - at this site on this issue."

American Muslims are not some Saudi or other foreign citizens on a tourist or business visit to the US. We do not need to beg his highness Mr. Gingrich for our equal rights in our country. We are not second class citizens and we will not allow him or others to treat us as such.

The rights of all Americans, Muslims or of any other faith background, are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and do not depend on how other countries treat their citizens or visitors.

Gingrich is hypocritical for regularly claiming to be a defender of our country's constitution and values, when in reality he is among the first to disregard and violate our Constitution and the freedoms it grants to all Americans.

Shame on Gingrich for his bigotry and hypocrisy.

(Rumor has it that Gingrich might be running for president in 2012. I guess that explains his anti-Muslim bigotry; he is just soliciting Tea Party votes!!)

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