News ID: 8960
Publish Date: 09 August 2012 - 20:05
The election season in the United States is bringing a new hostile campaign against American Muslims, questioning their loyalty because of their religion.

"There is already a lack of Muslims in government positions,” a Muslim woman, who works for the US government, told The New York Times on Wednesday, August 8, on condition of anonymity.

"But now this debate just shows no matter how loyal you are, some people will always attack you because you are Muslim.”

As the United States is preparing for the November election to elect a new president, US Muslims have faced a new level of campaigns questioning their loyalty.

Last month, Republican Representative Michele Bachmann said the appointment of Huma Abedin, a Muslim, as a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a sign on the Islamist infiltration of the Obama administration.

Abedin is not the first American Muslim to face accusations questioning their loyalty.

Samar Ali, a White House fellow, was accused by the right-wing Tea Party of financing terrorism.

The Tea Party cited Ali’s in-depth knowledge of Islamic banking practices as a basis for claim that the Muslim woman was disloyal to her country.

Ali, who was born in the United States to a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother, was one of the first in her area in Tennessee to speak out against the 9/11 attacks.

Linda Sarsour, a community worker from Brooklyn in New York City, was also the focus of allegations questioning her loyalty after her appointment at a neighborhood advisory panel.

Right-wingers claim that Sarsour, 32, who has received a "Champion of Change” award from Obama, had links with Hamas in Gaza and that members of her family had been arrested for aiding the Islamist movement.

For "Michele Bachmann and some people of the Tea Party movement — the fact that we are Muslim means we are disloyal to our country and have hidden agendas,” Sarsour said.


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