Omar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and other Democratic lawmakers have signed onto a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging him to appoint a special envoy tasked with monitoring and combatting Islamophobia.

In the letter sent Tuesday, Omar and two dozen other lawmakers cited the spike in Islamophobia seen in recent years as well as the “persecution of Muslims manifesting itself around the world.”

The lawmakers also pointed to a recent annual report released by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in which the office identified multiple countries with “patterns of mistreatment and human rights violations against either their entire Muslim populations or particular sects of Muslims.”

Omar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia

Question for Discussion:

The here and now is relevant in the lives of billions of living human beings. Although history must be recorded, learned and respected, the past cannot be undone. It is clear that Christianity in the Middle Ages was equally as bad as Islam. But today, large Christian-majority countries such as Brazil, the United States, Germany and France have no religious crusades and are leading the world in LGBT rights.

The question for discussion is: Why do some think it is valid to compare Christianity of yore to modern Islam?

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