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Why Jefferson’s vision of American Islam matters today

Image result for Thomas Jefferson quotesDespite his criticism of Islam, Jefferson supported the rights of its adherents. Evidence exists that Jefferson had been thinking privately about Muslim inclusion in his new country since 1776. A few months after penning the Declaration of Independence, he returned to Virginia to draft legislation about religion for his native state, writing in his private notes a paraphrase of the English philosopher John Locke’s 1689 “Letter on Toleration”:…more:  wtop

Mayor Will Reichelt: Marijuana 101

Let’s talk about marijuana. I wasn’t a supporter of legalization back in 2016 and we voted against legalization here in West Side. But it was a statewide ballot question and it passed. Marijuana is legal now, we don’t have a…

Santa Fe, Texas, School

“We, The ISWM, offer our deepest condolences  and sympathies to the victims of Santa Fe, Texas, School, and their families. Our thoughts are with you as well as with the emergency services and support crews. Muslim Community of Western MA

Hyundai CEO Mong Hyun Yoon Began Fasting in Ramadan Because Seeing the Workers Fast “left me in awe.”

 A touching letter sent out in which Yoon addressed those fasting during Ramadan said that he began fasting to be able to sympathize with Hyundai workers. But this isn’t a first for Yoon. He mentions that he also fasted the previous year to the surprise of the readers. “As of last year, to be one with the HAOS family in their thoughts and understand them, I decided to take fasting as a habit,” the CEO said in his letter….MORE: IKNOWBRO.COM

The Latest: Jurors Deliberating in Kansas Bomb Plot Case

The case of three militia members accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex housing Somalis in Kansas is now in the hands of the jury.
Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen are charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights in the plot targeting Muslims in Garden City. Wright is also charged with lying to the FBI…..more: wtop.com 

Islamic Society of Western Mass hosts International Open House

On Sunday afternoon, people from all over the community have come through to check out what the Islamic society is all about. Many different stations including food and conversation are here at the Islamic society so that people can learn more about this religion. Free henna is offered to anyone who comes in. and many people took advantage of trying out the temporary tattoo tradition. There is also a station where you can try on a hijab…more:Photos: Facebook– news:  westernmassnews.com

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