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									       Page 1                                                                                                                                 March, 2008

“Iqraa (Read) in the name of thy Lord who created” Quran 96:1
A voice for North Carolina Muslims
Volume 2 Issue 2
                                                                 Muslims Support Obama?
                                                                                                                                          March, 2008

Holocaust there, Bias here!                                              By Waleed Elhentaty
From: Saleh Mubarak
To: Coats, Janet                                                          In a recent survey on the new Iqraa
Cc: Goudreau, Rosemary ; Guidry, Joe                                     website, 96% of
                                                                         local Muslim participants chose senator
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2008 2:22 PM                                     Obama as their choice for presidency.
Subject: [MAS-Tampa] Your coverage on Gaza, 3/2/08                       The poll gave several options for voters
                                                                         to choose from including Obama, Clin-
                                                                         ton, McCain, somebody else, or “I’m
Dear Janet: I have                                                       not going to vote”. The remaining 4%
 to be honest with                                                       chose “somebody else” as their choice
  you: your cover-                                                       which means, at least for the Democ-
 age on the events                                                       ratic primary in NC, that local Muslims
                                                                         are 100% behind Senator Obama.
   in Gaza on the
   Sunday paper,                                                            Why do Muslims prefer Obama with such majority over other candidates? There is no doubt
  3/2/08, went be-                                                         that the last 8 years, and especially after 9/11/2001, have a lot to do in creating such opinion.
  yond bias. It was                                                        Muslims voted for George Bush in 2000 after his promises to them regarding re-evaluating
taking sides in the                                                        the secret evidence laws and getting more Muslim figures in his administration and the White
                                                                           House. George Bush did fulfill some of his promises, however, during his 2 terms Muslims
 issue and deliber-                                                        have suffered the worst discrimination, erosion of civil rights, wars against Muslim populated
ately distorting the                                                       countries, Guantanamo Bay/Abu Ghraib human rights violations, renditions, as well as the
       facts.                                                              worst media campaigns against Islam and Muslims. Of course some of these actions are not
                                                                           directly coming from the White House, but almost all of it is coming from the Republican
                                                     (Continued on page 5) party members and activists. Look at talk show hosts all over the US who are attacking Islam
                                                                                                                                                        (Continued on page 10)

                                                                                                   Miller’s Priority List
                                                                                                    Congressman Brad Miller of NC district 13 conduct a survey to his
                                                                                                   constituents in early 2007 to see their opinion on the priorities that
                                                                                                   Congress should work on in the new term. The list of items to vote
                                                                                                   for included many of the hot topics as well as many of the forgotten
                                                                                                   but important aspects of our daily life. Education, health care, Iraq
                                                                                                   war, security, climate change, budget, business, and economy were
                                                                                                   some items of his survey.

                                                                                                    Congressman Miller announced the results through email to his
                                                                                                                                                         (Continued on page 9)

                                                                                                   Churches Rebuild
                                                                                                   Burned Mosque
                                                                                                    Three men have been                     Also In This Issue
                                                                                                   charged in the firebombing
                                                                                                   of a small mosque on Febru-        Readers’ Corner          Page 11
                                                                                                   ary 9th 2008 in Columbia           What Retaliation we can? Page 3
                                                                                                   Tennessee, federal prosecu-        Neo-Nazis Vs Obama       Page 4
                                                                                                   tors said. Authorities said        NC super delegates       Page 6
                                                                                                   Eric Ian Baker, 32, Michael        MAPAC News               Page 2
                                                                                                   Corey Golden, 23, and Jona-        Carol Braun (Poem)       Page 7
                                                                                                   than Edward Stone, 19, had         Meet Our Youth           Page 8
                                                                                                   planned for a week to burn         Obama leads in NC        Page 14
                                                                                                   down the Islamic Center of         CAIR Vs Savage show     Page 15
                                                                                                   Columbia. . .                      Spirit of Tolerance in
                                                                                                   The men are accused of us-               Islam              Page 12
                                                                                                   ing gasoline, rags and empty
                                                                                                                Continued on Page 5

                                                                                                                                                        (Continued on page 5)
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 intended to serve as a voice for all North Carolina Muslims regardless of their
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MAPAC Dinner 2008                                                                           The bi-weekly TV show resumed in January after the return of its director Waleed El-
                                                                                           hentaty from his Hajj trip to Mecca. Sisters heba Gabr and Nisma Gabr are doing a great
 Sister Maha Zaghloul is the dinner organizer for this year also. She was the organizer of job in running the show working on cameras, lighting, audio, and character generator.
last year’s event and she did a great job. This year’s dinner committee is coming up with Those jobs require 5 people to run them, however, the dedicated sisters are handling the
new ideas and visions for the dinner. 2 great speakers agreed to join us this year; Imam job efficiently till other volunteers join in to help. Nisma Gabr was able to start import-
Shaker El-Sayed and Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh. The combination of the two speakers along ing pictures related to the topics of the show and insert them on the screen as a very
with other local politicians and activists compose a recipe of success for the event this  valuable visual effect which helps to make the show more interesting and informative.
year enshaa Allah. Imam Shaker is a known national figure for Muslims. He is well          Also, the crew started showing videos related to the topics using a high speed internet
known of his dialogues and debates with other faith groups. He used to be the national     connection.
office director of the Muslim American Society which gave him a lot of exposure to
political and social issues facing Muslims. Imam Shaker is also an expert in Islamic edu- Among the guests of MAPAC-Live in January were Scott Haviland, Ihab Saad, and
cation and have several teacher guidance programs. Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian Shereen El-Gamal who talked about their experience in Hajj this year. Brother Khodr
Christian who is currently a Professor at Yale University. He is an outspoken activist for Zaarour gave excellent analysis to the current events in Pakistan and regarding the presi-
civil/human rights and for Middle Eastern issues especially the Arab/Israeli conflict. Dr. dential primary elections. Mr. Ayman Al-Qudwa was a guest in a segment dedicated for
Mazin is constantly being attacked by right wing fanatics like Robert Spencer of Jihad     the situation in Gaza. Mr. Al-Qudwa shed light on the inhumane siege that Israel is con-
Watch and Daniel Pipes regarding his views.                                                ducting against the Palestinians and how this is caus

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         Danish Insist On Assaulting Muhammad!
                     What Retaliation Can Muslims Do?
By Ashraf Maarouf                                                                            equate defaming him with the defa-
                                                                                             mation of our prophet.
  It is definitely an awkward situation for the Muslim world population of over 1.3 Bil-
lion people. At a time when Islam is being attacked left and right everywhere in the       I think 1.3 Billion Muslims can do
world. Muslims being accused of terrorism or at least supporting terrorism. At a time     better than that by just simply boy-
that Muslim scholars, activists, and organizations are trying hard to show the bright facecotting all Danish products. Such
of Islam to the world and change the wrong image that was depicted to Islam and Mus-      boycott if successful will cause a
lims after 9/11/2001, we find an irresponsible Danish newspaper republishing contro-      huge economic problem for the
versy cartoons about Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, the prophet of Islam de-         Danish government and maybe
faming him and accusing him of bringing terrorism to the world! Same cartoons caused      force it to do better in respecting
worldwide protests when published in 2005. Protests at that time caused firing of Dan-    Muslims. If the Danish government
ish embassies and businesses in several Muslim populated countries.                       feels the economic heat they will
                                                                                          create laws against defamation and
 Republishing the cartoons at this time means that some Danish journalists are insisting degrading religious values just like
on assaulting Islam and creating problems with Muslims. They know that publishing         they have laws against attacking
these cartoons hurt Muslim’s feelings and angers them, however, they insisted on it!      Jews, holocaust, or being antie-
What benefit do these journalists get from such controversy? Of course they get better    metic. Muslims are not against free-
distribution for their publication at least temporarily. Is there any other motive from   dom of speech but they must be
journalism point of view? I don’t think so. However, I think this publication and repub- against assaulting people and their
lication has bigger motive than just getting better temporary distribution. There must be believes.
a bigger plan masterminded to keep destroying the image of Islam and
Muslims in the world. First they destroy the image of the Prophet of
Islam and then they show Muslims as fanatics and against freedom of
expression when they protest. They might also be lucky and show
Muslims as barbaric if one or two Muslims get carried away and do
something crazy somewhere as a result of their anger and frustration.

 Muslims love prophet Muhammad and much more attached to him
than any religious westerners love their prophets. Muslims must retali-
ate, I agree. Muslims must try to stop these arrogant shallow minded
people from playing with our religious values. But, .. How can Mus-
lims retaliate? Can Muslims assault valuable western religious figures
like Jesus or Moses? Of course not. One because Muslims also believe
in other prophets like Jesus, Moses, John, Abraham, etc. Muslims also
hold great respect to Mary and the decibels. Even if Muslims don’t
believe in some religious value of the attackers still Muslims are pro-
hibited from assaulting any religious believe. So, this option is not a
valid retaliation method. How about using violence and destroying
some of the valuables that these attackers have? Again No, this will not
hurt the attackers and yet will show Muslims in a very bad image plus
it is against our believe. One might say that Muslim government should
react and influence the Danish government to do something. To those I
would say “please don’t make me laugh”. Some Muslims (I think) cre-
ated a distorted picture of some of the attackers like the one shown
here and distribute it over the internet and emails as a retaliation for
prophet Muhammad. Well, I don’t think we are being fair to our
prophet in doing that. Our prophet is a messenger of God to humanity
while this man is just nothing compared to the prophet. We cannot

Boycott Over Mohammed Cartoons Hits Danish Company Hard
By Patrick Goodenough International Editor
January 31, 2006 ( - Europe's largest dairy company has shut down its plant in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as a result of an expanding Arab boycott of Danish prod-
ucts. The protest stems from a Danish newspaper's publication of caricatures portraying Islam's prophet, Mohammed. Denmark-based Arla Foods said a consumer boycott has
affected sales throughout the Middle East and North Africa. More than 800 employees, mostly locals, work at the Saudi operation, although Arla said no jobs were yet at risk.
This is the latest incident in an escalating dispute over the cartoons, which first appeared last September and were republished by a Norwegian paper this month. While some of
the 12 cartoons linked Mohammed to terrorism, Muslims consider any depiction of the seventh century figure to be blasphemous. The newspaper at the center of the row, Jyllands
-Posten, said then and now that its motivation was to test the limits of free speech under threat by radical Islam. The Danish government added to Muslims' displeasure by declin-
ing to intervene, saying it was a matter of freedom of expression. Several Arab countries have recalled their ambassadors, or say they plan to do so; and Denmark cautioned its
citizens about travel in Muslim countries. Some Danish and Norwegian aid groups have withdrawn representatives from Gaza. The ramifications of the dispute could reach well
beyond Scandinavia. The Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) are planning to ask the U.N. General Assembly to pass a resolution banning attacks
on religious beliefs, and backed by threats of sanctions. On Monday, the European Union warned it would take Saudi Arabia before the World Trade Organization if the kingdom
encouraged a boycott of Danish goods. But even if Riyadh does not endorse the boycott - and it says it won't - the campaign already seems to be highly effective. Word of the
boycott is circulating on the Internet and via mobile phone text messaging, while religious leaders are urging Saudis not to buy Danish products and media outlets are giving those
calls prominent coverage. Arla said two vehicles transporting the company's products had been attacked. "The boycott of Danish products in the Middle East is now almost total,"
the company said. "All Arla's customers in the region have cancelled their orders and sales have come to a standstill in almost all markets. "Arla's warehouses are full, and further
products sent before the boycott started are on their way from Denmark." The company, whose annual sales in the Middle East amount to some $430 million, said its products had
been pulled from the shelves of stores in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Arla's cause has not been helped by Arab media reports on a Danish
Radio survey, which found that almost 80 percent of Danes believe Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen should not apologize. In a bid to get an alternative message across to
Arabs, the company last week paid leading Saudi newspapers to publish in full a statement released by the Danish government. It said Denmark "respects Islam as one of the
world's major religions" and explained that the publication of the cartoons was the action of an independent newspaper, not affiliated to the government or any political party,
over which the government had no influence. Arla conceded, however, that the paid advertisements probably would not work. "Based on our many years of experience in the
Saudi market ... we're not particularly hopeful that it will achieve the desired effect," said Finn Hansen, executive director of the overseas division. "The only thing that can stop
the current boycott of Danish products is a direct dialogue between the parties involved." Hansen said earlier the company expressed "sympathy and understanding for those who
feel wronged by this incident." Arla's group executive director, Peder Tuborgh, said in a statement that while freedom of expression was an internal Danish issue, "this is about
Denmark having offended millions of Muslims." 'Sorry for offense' In another sign that the campaign of political and economic pressure is hitting home, Jyllands-Posten on Mon-
day carried on its website a prominently-displayed open letter in Danish, Arabic and English, addressed to "honorable citizens of the Muslim world." Editor-in-chief Carsten Juste
apologized - not for publishing cartoons which "were not intended to be offensive, nor were they at variance with Danish law" - but for unintentionally offending Muslims.
"Because of the very fact that we are strong proponents of the freedom of religion and because we respect the right of any human being to practice his or her religion, offending
anybody on the grounds of their religious beliefs is unthinkable to us," Juste said. The open letter is unlikely to satisfy Muslims, however. The general-secretary of the 57-member
OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, says the situation can be redressed by means of an "an unqualified apology" from "the perpetrators of blasphemy who have transgressed civilized
boundaries of freedom." This was the "legitimate expectation" of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, Ihsanoglu said in a weekend statement.
        Page 4                                                                                                        March, 2008

Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists Publish Ominous Threats to
Obama's Life
Posted by Mark Potok, Hate Watch

The most heated anti-Obama talk appears to be on Internet sites that allow
people to post messages anonymously.
With the selection of Barack Obama as the first black Democratic nominee for president seeming
more possible by the day, racists and white supremacists are posting increasingly ugly and even
threatening remarks on the Internet.
"OBAMA WILL DIE, KKK FOREVER," concludes a Feb. 15 post by "Rodney" to a blog run by a per-
son identified only as Strider333. Above that signoff, Rodney wrote: "The KKK or someone WILL
assassinate Obama! If we get a NIGGER President all you NIGGER's [sic] will think you've won and
that the WHITE people will have to bow to you[.] FUCK THAT."

On traditional white supremacist and neo-Nazi sites (for instance, here and here), there are
lengthy discussion threads about what would happen if Obama were elected president. Dozens of
those posts are derogatory and employ all kinds of racist slurs. Others speculate that such an
Obama victory would kick off a race war between whites and blacks. And some even raise the pos-
sibility that he could be assassinated. But talk like that is rare and extremely careful -- probable
evidence that the "white nationalists" who inhabit these sites are deeply concerned that their com-
ments are being monitored by law enforcement for any criminal threat relating to the presidential
race. In fact, Obama reportedly received federal Secret Service protection unusually early in the
campaign season because of concerns about a racially motivated attack.

The most heated anti-Obama talk appears to be on Internet sites that allow people to post mes-
sages anonymously. One such site, JD Underground, is a list ostensibly devoted to lawyers, al-
though further details were not available. It has carried a particularly venomous thread, entitled
"Nigger President," that has stretched from January into this month.

"I'm hoping someone will do his public duty of putting a bullet through Obama's head," said a
poster identified as "Kill Da Nigga." Another poster suggests "bring[ing] back lynchings" and con-
cludes with a warning: "LOOK OUT NIGGER. THE KLAN IS GETTING BIGGER!!!!!!" And a third, us-
ing the screen name "amerikkkan," says only, "The deep south is making plans."

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                                  Holocaust There, Bias Here!
(Continued from page 1)
                                                                                            tached some. They were all taken from news agencies around the world
                                                                                            during the past 5 days.

First of all, every time you talk about this issue, your title and the content              Third: I haven't seen you reporting the statement of the Israeli Deputy
of the article focus on the 'Palestinian rocket attacks' rather than the Is-                Defense Minister Matan Vilnai on February 29 threatening Palestinians
raeli slaughter on Palestinians; mainly civilians. Let me tell you two facts                of a Hashoah (the Hebrew word for Holocaust). This is another proof
about these 'rockets': They have not been fired in the past year or two                     that the victims of the Nazi Holocaust are now reversing roles. This is
without provocation. Every time they were fired, it was done after a                        not new. In fact, if you read the letters of the great Jewish scientist Albert
deadly and unprovoked Israeli attack on Palestinians. Second, in their                      Einstein in 1948, you'll admire him more for pointing out that the foun-
entire history, the casualties these                                                                                             ders of Israel were using terrorism
rockets caused on the Israeli side, do                                                                                           against the indigenous Palestinians:
not represent a fraction of the casual-
ties and destruction caused by the Is-                                                                                                http://www.rense. com/general59/
raeli Army in one day!                                                                                                                ein.htm

Second: You published one picture                                                                                                     Many contemporary Jewish scholars
only; showing scared Jewish settlers.                                                                                                 echoed that sentiment in the past few
There were many pictures from news                                                                                                    years including Uri Avnery, Ilan
agencies showing dead and injured                                                                                                     Pappe, Amy Goodman, Lev Grinberg,
Palestinians (over 100 dead, including                                                                                                Noam Chomsky, Norman Finklestein,
20 children; and over 300 injured only                                                                                                Amira Haas, and many more.
in the past 5 days. Remember that
Gaza is under land-sea-air siege and                                                                                                  Please... we need some balance in
does not have proper or sufficient                                                                                                    news coverage.
medical facilities/supplies ). In case
you don't have pictures, I have at-                                                                                                   Best Regard
                                                Children of Gaza under fire. More than 20 children killed in recent Israeli attacks

                          Churches Rebuild Burned Mosque
(Continued from page 1)
beer bottles to set fire to the storefront mosque on Saturday.The federal complaint filed
against the men says Stone and Baker told officers they were members of the Christian
Identity movement, an extreme doctrine that claims white Europeans are God's chosen
The complaint also said Baker spray-painted swastikas on the walls of the building,
including the phrase "White Power Rules."

Churches in Maury County are opening their doors and wallets to come to the aid of the
mosque. Channel 4's news of Tenessee partners at the Columbia Daily Herald report
that one church has already raised $10,000 to help rebuild the Islamic Center of Colum-
At least three others have offered the center space to conduct prayers.
Residents can also donate money to the Islamic Center of Columbia Building Fund at
Community First Bank and Trust.

How you can help rebuild the Columbia Mosque:
Send a tax-deductible donation to help repair the Mosque. Checks should
be made out to The Islamic Center of Columbia, Tennessee and mailed to
this address:
Islamic Center Rebuilding Project
c/o Community First Bank & Trust
501 So. James Campbell Blvd
Columbia, TN 38401
The Islamic Center of Columbia Tennessee has received its 501(c)(3) approval from the IRS.

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                      Who Are the NC Superdelegates?
By Yussuf Elhentaty                                                                                                  phone:(202) 225-4531
North Carolina might become a deci-                                                                                  etheridge/
sive state in the Democratic nomination
this year. NC primary is scheduled for                                                                               U.S. Rep. David Price
May 6, 2008. A late date by which usu-                                                                               phone:919-859-5999
ally the nomination is already decided,                                                                              website:
however, this year might be an excep-
tional one. Superdelegates are those                                                                                 U.S. Rep. Mel Watt
party officials or high figures in the                                                                               phone:(202) 225-1510
state that will represent the state in the                                                                           website:
national democratic convention in
June. They are different than regular                                                                                Jerry Meek, chairman of state
delegates because they don’t have to                                                                                 party
abide by the way voters in the state                                                                                 phone:919-821-2777
voted. Basically they can vote for any                                                                     
one of the candidates. It is very impor-
tant for every candidate to have good                                                                                Carol Peterson, Buncombe County
contact with the superdelegates to win                                                                               commissioner
the nomination, especially this year.                                                                                phone:828-274-1731
Here is a list of NC 17 SuperDelegates           Governor Mike Easley                   Congressman David Price
and their contact information. 2 more
will be named at the state convention.                                                      
                                                     Gov. Mike Easley
Susan Burgess, Charlotte City Council                phone: 1-800-662-7952                            David Parker, Statesville attorney                               website:         phone:(704) 871-0300
phone :704-333-2874                                                                         
Committed to Hillary Clinton                         U.S. Rep. heath shuler
                                                     phone :(828)252-1651                             Joyce Brayboy, public policy lobbyist
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield                           website:
website:                                                                        Dr. Jeanette Council
phone:(202) 225-3101                                 U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre                          phone:910-497-1843
                                                     phone:(202) 225-2731
Everett Ward, former Democratic Party director       website:           Muriel K. Offerman
Dannie Montgomery, N.C. Democratic Party vice        U.S. Rep. Brad Miller
chair                                                phone:(202) 225-3032
phone:919-821-2777                                   website:
                                                     U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge
         Page 7                                                                                                                              March, 2008

     Carol Moseley Braun: The Person I Am
 By Rahma Hida

 This poem is about a national figure. Her name is Carol Moseley Braun who became the first African Ameri-
 can female Senator in the United States history. I apologize that the poem is long, however, I couldn’t cut any
 part out. After all this is part of our history or let me say history landmarks.

Born to Joseph and Edna Braun as a child beautiful as dawn,
I was sent down from heaven on the 16th of August, 1947.
According to others, this was who I am.
A girl with love as pure as the sky, according to others, was I.

But that love grew to make me,
A teenager who would not,
Never thought, ever thought,
That racism was the key.
                                                                                    Yes I ran to be Illinois’s senator,
I remember sitting in an all-white restaurant,                                      And I worked so very hard…
That refused and would not serve me.                                                Connecting my name to positive movements,
As a young, stubborn girl I shook my head,                                          People said I had come so far.
To go back home with my stomach being empty.
                                                                                    But never had they even thought,
I shared a dream with Martin Luther King Jr.,                                       That I would change their lives.
You probably do know this man.
I marched beside him in an open-housing demonstration,                              I was smiling when, after much effort,
In a neighborhood where we were banned.                                             I finally was a senator of Illinois.
                                                                                    1995 was a beautiful year,
As you can see,                                                                     Full of much happiness and joy.
I had in me,
A strong sense of community,                                                        But by 1998, I lost my seat,
And a willingness to be free.                                                       To Peter Fitzergald.
                                                                                    I felt such loss and defeat,
Yes, my soul ached for freedom,                                                     Although it was not my fault.
And my heart pleaded for equality.
And my eyes cried tears of a need,                                                  But I vowed to remove myself from politics,
To one day be worthy…                                                               And to focus instead on education.
Of freedom.                                                                         I promised myself, and not only that,
                                                                                    But made my decision a proclamation.
Later on, I received my Bachelor’s degree,
In the political science field,                                                     I had done enough for a lifetime,
From the Illinois, Chicago university.                                              More than any woman can dream.
Oh, how much I was happy, so much ecstasy                                           I became the first black woman to the U.S. Senate,
Filled me.                                                                          And that was much more than it seems.
                                                                                    I have fulfilled and satisfied my dream.
But that’s not all, because after a short while,
I cried, Yoop! in delight, as I was hired,                                          But I changed the decision that I had made,
As an assistant U.S. Attorney,                                                      To remain with my education.
Under Jim Thompson… how much I was happy.                                           I changed what I had said before,
                                                                                    Because I was filled with such desperation.

                                                                                    I was desperate for a life as a leader,
In 1977, I gave birth to a beautiful boy,                                           For the life that I once lived.
Whom I proudly named Matthew.                                                       I wanted to go back to the times,
Oh, how happy I was.                                                                When I did not take, but give.
Matthew was my life, my joy.
                                                                                    In mid-2003, I decided,
My love for him was the ocean,                                                      That it was time to leave education,
And his smile was my shore,                                                         And once again go back to politics.
The one on which I rested,
My tired and worn out soul.                                                         And so I registered to establish a presidential,
                                                                                    Exploratory committee,
I then sought and won the election,                                                 Which would allow me to vie for,
To the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield.                            The democratic presidential nomination,
Just a year after my Matthew was born.                                              That would be held in 2004.
Happiness and joy by my feet kneeled.
                                                                                    Many doubted my intentions
I brought a glowing smile,                                                          But I told everyone, loud and clear,
That spread on for miles,                                                           “I’m in this race to ensure that the American dream,
To my lofty positition,                                                             Finally gets extended to all Americans without regard,
And made it worthwhile.                                                             To race, color, or gender.”
                                                                                    And I told them, “This is why I’m here.”
I fought for reform in education,
Health and also care.                                                               I worked my way difficultly to the top,
I stood up for gun control too,                                                     Although I fell down many times.
And did not forget welfare.                                                         But I did inspire many women like me,
                                                                                    And I will continue to climb.
Many people talked about me,
In newspapers and on TV.                                                            Life was difficult,
I was loved, famous, and respected.                                                 Life was hard.
And happy as can be.                                                                My eyes from crying,
But I still wanted more,                                                            Were so starred.
More for my country.                                                                But I did not stop trying,
                                                                                    And I lived through the dying.
So after much work and fame,
And after lifting up my name,                                                       I’m Carol Moseley Braun,
I decided to start something new,                                                   A girl who was looked upon.
And start something fresh to do.                                                    But now I rose to the top,
So on the 3rd of November, ’92,                                                     To finish where I stopped.
I decided to shake up men, by clarifying,                                           And I will never back down again.
That women can definitely be in the Senate too.
        Page 8                                                                                                                                  March, 2008

                  This section is introduced by Ola Mohamed who intend to shed some light on our youth,
                  the next generation. In each issue Ola will interview one of our distinguished youth and
                                        talk about their dreams, goals, and problems.
                 What is your name? Taiyyaba Qureshi                           ment? I love our community; it's as simple as
                                                                               that. Alhamdulillah, we've created an environment
                 How old are you? 22                                           filled with iman, intelligence, diversity, and love for        Ola Mohamed
                                                                                                                                              Ola Mohamed
                                                                               each other. Of course, every community can work to improve itself by making
                 What is your educational background (school, major, aca- sure its minority members are respected and have a substantial voice and by
                 demic interests, etc)? I graduated in from UNC Chapel Hill in continuing to empower itself politically and socially. We're not perfect, but we're
                 May 2007 with majors in Political Science and Religious Stud- making great strides and have gotten great results, Alhamdulillah, and I am very
                 ies.                                                          proud of our community.

                  Where do you currently work/study? I'm currently a first year How did you get involved in leadership work? I think I started in by getting
                  law student at UNC School of Law.                             involved in my high school MSA and the IAR Youth Committee. After 9-11, I
                                                                                joined the Dawah Committee and started giving a lot of talks to youth programs
What would you like to share about your family? I'm                                                     at churches, synagogues, schools, etc. I got involved
very lucky to have grown up with wonderfully caring and                                                 in MSA again in college at UNC and also worked with
attentive parents who always encouraged my interests                                                    some other organizations.
and supported me in everything. They set reasonable
limits on my activities, but were very open-minded to my                                                What was the most difficult situation you faced as
decisions when it was clear that I had thought through                                                  a leader? How did you overcome that difficulty? When
them. I decided early on that I didn't want to pursue a                                                 you are appointed or elected to represent an organiza-
science career like both of them, and they wholly sup-                                                  tion, or even when you take your own initiative to do
di my decision. When I wanted to get married, they
ported                                                                                                  something you are passionate about, the hardest thing
accepted my husband with open arms based on his char-
an                                                                                                      to do is to make good decisions on behalf of the people
acter, even though we were from different cultures. Al-                                                 you represent. People elect you because they trust
hamdulillah, my husband is also incredibly supportive and                                               your judgment and skills, so you always have to make
Vo and is one of the only reasons I'm getting through
loving                                                                                                  decisions with their interests in mind. Obviously, as a
ter school sanely! I wouldn't be where I am without my
law                                                                                                     leader, you may have access to more information and
family.                                                                                                 have to consider more factors than just individual opin-
M                                                                                                                ions, so when you make your decision, people may not
What are some of your non-academic interests                                                                     always agree with you. But you should keep the deci-
(hobbies, collections, fun facts about you, etc)? I love
Se                                                                                                               sion making process as open as possible. With Allah's
photography and cooking. There's an addictive charm in                                                           help, you just have to try to make the best decision you
nd at some raw material (a few vegetables, a tree
looking                                                                                                          can. This lesson hit hard during my junior year of col-
Se colorful leaves) and seeing beyond the obvious to
with                                                                        Taiyyaba Qureshi                     lege at UNC, when I was in my second term as Out-
find something extraordinary. It's a challenge to balance                           reach Coordinator of MSA. We had several difficult crises that year, including a
light and color, sweet and salty, to bring out details that otherwise wouldn't be   blatantly racist article in the Daily Tarheel on racial profiling, where the author
noticed. It's the same thing that intrigues me about being a lawyer; it's all about misquoted the Muslims she interviewed, a publishing of a Prophet Muhammad
looking at laws and interpretations to create a powerful argument. If I weren't a (S) cartoon in the DTH, and a Muslim who drove through the central student
lawyer, I think I'd be an astronomer because, Subhanallah, the beauty of Allah's area of campus int he name of Allah, injuring many students. The pressure to
creations in the heavens is awe inspiring. (If only they could get rid of the math act and respond to all of these was immense from all sides - from within our
mphysics, I'd be fine.)
in                                                                                                                                            MSA, from the general stu-
to                                                                                                                                            dent body, from the me-
What are your future goals--career                                                                                                            dia. Trying to balance my
or otherwise? My personal goals are                                                                                                           role as an MSA representa-
mostly about family; I want to be a
gr                                                                                                                                            tive and my academic re-
good daughter, sister, wife, and                                                                                                              sponsibilities at the same
mother, InshAllah. As for my career,                                                                                                          time was difficult. But, our
s like to practice public interest law. I
Pos                                                                                                                                         Shura made the best deci-
haven't narrowed it down yet, but the
ted                                                                                                                                         sions it could based on our
reason I wanted to become a lawyer
/200                                                                                                                                        contact with our own mem-
was to help communities that do not
8                                                                                                                                           bers, the University admini-
2:56 how the law can help them with
                                                                                                                                            stration, and other consid-
their problems. I think something like
PM                                                                                                                                          erations. Not everyone
immigration law, employment discrimi-                                                                                                       agreed with our decisions,
nation, or domestic violence work will                                                                                                      but, Alhamdulillah, in the
help me get there.                                                                                                                          end, I think it made our
                                                                                                                                            campus Muslim community
What do you like about the Triangle                                                                                                         stronger.
Muslim community from your ex-                                                                                                               How do you "practice
perience and what needs improve-                            Taiyyaba Qureshi at MAPAC town hall meeting 2006.                                            (Continued on page 9)
          Page 9                                                                                                                                 March, 2008

                                   Miller’s Priority List
(Continued from page 1)

constituents early this year. One of the items that showed strong priority for the participants was the
Iraq war which was number one priority for almost 11% of the participants. About a total of 3251 con-
stituents participated in the survey. You can see the whole survey results below.

Which of the following you think should be the top priority for the
new Congress:
Ending the conflict in Iraq                                          342              10.52%
Strengthening environmental laws                                     286              8.52%
Fully funding no child left behind                                   123              3.78%
Strengthening small businesses                                       166              5.11%
Balancing the Budget & reduce deficit                                 328             10.09%
More affordable college                                               237             7.29%
Civil rights/liberties                                               242              7.44%
Enacting a balanced Energy policy                                     247              7.60%
Raising national minimum wage                                        195              6.00%
Ensuring adequate veterans benefits                                  264              8.12%
Developing a universal health care system                            293              9.01%
Combating global climate change                                      236              7.26%
Protecting homeland security and national defense                    313              9.63%

Which policy towards Iraq you support:

An immediate Withdrawal                                              317           24.65%
Flexible timetable for withdrawal                                    617           47.98%
Stay the course until president says job is done                     322           25.04%                        Congressman Brad Miller, NC district 13.

                                     Meet Our Youth: Taiyyaba Qureshi
(Continued from page 8)
                                                                                          Who is your role model? Both of my parents, for different reasons. My father
what you preach"? Do you find it a challenge? It's always a challenge. In-                for his kindness and ability to reach his goals and push himself to the next
terfaith work is incredibly fulfilling on a spiritual and intellectual level, even        level. My mother for her patience and that beautiful motherly strength that can
though it can raise difficult questions at times. But for me, the most difficult          solve any problem.
thing for a "professional Muslim," who is always engaging in dialogue as a rep-
resentative of the community, is to truly believe and act on the things you               What do you do to relax and stay sane in times of high stress as a
say. When I came home from an interfaith dialogue, where I had sprouted out               leader? I cook (my husband is happy about this). Actually, I'm very blessed in
beautiful hadith or verses or explained some Islamic doctrine, I always had to            that when he senses that I'm stressed, my husband will forcibly take me out for
ask myself: "Do I truly take those words to heart? Am I using the verses I teach          coffee or something, to help me get my mind off of things. I also remember that
in my life?" You just have to keep checking yourself. The hardest thing, one I            a friend and I used to share a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream during high-
struggled with when I was more active in interfaith work, is to make sure Islam           stress times in MSA, but I'm sure that there are healthier ways to deal with
is your life and your iman, not your job. It has to be for Allah, always.                 stress! I think the best thing is to remove myself from the situation, calm down,
                                                                                          and remind myself why I chose to be there.
Describe an embarrassing situation you had as a leader (optional)? I tend
to erase embarrassing situations from my mind so I'm not sure I can think of              What does it mean to be a leader? Being humble, because your power to act
one!                                                                                      comes first from Allah and secondly from the people who respect and trust you
If you could travel to any country in the world, what country would you                   enough to speak for them.
choose and why? I want to go everywhere! I love traveling, even the transit
parts. If I had to choose one for a relaxing place, it would be New Zealand or            If you could choose 3 adjectives to describe yourself, what would they be
Australia because they seem                                                                                               and why? I'm always bad at this question; I
beautiful and still natural. For                                                                                          guess my vocabulary isn't good enough to
something more substantive, I                                                                                             narrow it down to three words. I think the
would go to Palestine.                                                                                                    three qualities that most shape my personal-
                                                                                                                          ity are these: I can't stay back when there is
If you could correct one wrong                                                                                            something to be done; I have an urge to fill
in the world, what would it                                                                                               the gap by taking action, and because of this
be? Willful ignorance. Worse                                                                                              I sometimes take on more than I can handle.
than not knowing something is                                                                                             I'm dedicated to my tasks and try to perfect
intentionally choosing to ignore                                                                                          my work as much as possible. And most
it. Once you gain knowledge of                                                                                            recently, I'm learning to be more open-
an injustice, you are obligated to                                                                                        minded so that I can see all points of view
act upon it. One of the biggest                                                                                           and all possible interpretations of an issue.
diseases in our world is that peo-
ple choose to ignore things that could otherwise be fought, and by so doing mis- Is heart or mind more important in leading? You can't have one without the
lead other people into thinking that they don't exist.                           other. The mind has to be active, consider every possibility, make logical deci-
                                                                                 sions. The heart has to be there to temper the mind, decide with justice and
Do you think leadership is learned or are leaders "born"? Both, and both         fairness, and remember that you're always dealing with real people, not abstract
kinds of leaders can be equally as effective. My favorite thought on this regard ideas.
is from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: "Some are born great, others achieve
greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."                                                                     Ola Mohamed;
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                                        Muslims Support Obama?
(Continued from page 1)                                                                    can bridge the gap between different factions of our nation nowadays. He is a son of an
day and night, you will find most if not all of them are right wing fanatics who are at-   African immigrant who lived abroad for several years. Even though these years were in
tached one way or another to the Republican party. Even members of the Republican          his childhood but still gave him a sense of being international and belong to different
party who are not against Islam or sympathizing with it are silenced by the overwhelm-     cultures. The world now is looking at him as a person with international and racial ties
ing majority of their colleagues. Since 9/11 it has been a political suicide for any Re-   that can make him a real world leader and not only a United States president. Senator
publican figure to support, sympathize, or even talk about a Muslim issue whether in the   Obama’s strategy not to take money from special interest groups and rely only on indi-
local state assemblies or nationally. John McCain is not different regarding Muslims       vidual supporters money make him an independent president who does not owe any-
than George Bush and his administration. McCain is even more of a “Hawk” Than Bush         thing to anybody except the real people of the united States.
regarding waging wars which will kill more and
more innocent Muslim civilians and create more                                                                           Inside the United States, I think Senator Obama is the only
and more animosity between Muslims and United                                                                          candidate who have keys to so many minority groups. He
States. This is why McCain has Zero percent sup-                                                                       has keys to the African-Americans due to his race and heri-
port among Muslims even though some of his                                                                             tage , immigrants including a large Hispanic population due
issues might have created some interest among                                                                          to him coming from an immigrant father, Muslims due to
Muslims if he had more balanced positions re-                                                                          his partial heritage with his father and living in Indonesia,
garding international and civil rights issues.                                                                         and so on. Nevertheless, Obama is not dissociated from the
                                                                                                                       majority white population. He was raised in and by a white
  Now, how about Senator Clinton versus Senator                                                                        family, lived and was educated among white colleagues
Obama? Regarding the Iraq war we know that                                                                             with no difficulty to the extent that he was a leader in his
Clinton voted for the war and voted several time                                                                       college years at Harvard University. This proves that he has
for bills which will continue the war. Only re-                                                                        the ability to get along with every one regardless of racial
cently she started, like all other Democrats, to                                                                       background. Senator Obama to me is a white man who has
oppose the war after it became too obvious that                                                                        a dark skin and so many valuable heritages and talents
this war is not doing any good for us, on the con-                                                                     without animosity to “whites” and without bitterness of
trary, our Dollar value is declining, economy is                                                                       slavery, segregation, and discrimination periods..
suffering, our soldiers are dying, oil prices are sky
rocketing, and our people are fed up with this                                                                          As far as Senator Obama as an inexperienced president if
misguided war. Senator Clinton and since she                                                                           he gets elected, I think this would be an advantage not a
moved to New York, she became a tool in the                                                                            disadvantage. His inexperience to me means that he is not
hands of Jewish/Israeli lobbyists which in turn                                                                        corrupted yet, not bought yet, not tarnished, and not spoiled
would create many problems for Muslim issues if                                                                        yet. His ability to raise more than a Million Dollars a day
she becomes a president. Even when Muslims                                                                             from average Americans without a penny from large corpo-
groups tried to support her in New York she                                                                            rations or special interest groups tells us that he is unique
slammed the door closed when she returned a                                                                            and he can lead the world in a unique way. His inexperi-
couple of large donations from Muslims. On the                                                                         ence did not prevent him from being so successful in his
other hand, we find that Senator Obama was anti-                                                                       campaign so far, so why it would be a problem when he is
war since day one or even before! He was a                                                                             the president of the United States?
speaker in many anti-war rallies like the ones
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                                     In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate

                                                         "May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"

Spirit of tolerance in Islam
By Khalid Latif                                                                               they turn away, We have not sent you as a guard over them. Your duty is but to convey
                                                                                              (the Message)…" (Ash-Shura: 48) In another place Allah says, "Invite (all) to the Way
 Intolerance is on the increase in the world today, causing death, genocide, violence,        of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that
religious persecution as well as confrontations on different levels. Some times it is ra-     are best and most gracious. Your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and
cial and ethnic, some times it is religious and ideological, other times it is political and  who receive guidance." (An-Nahl:125)
social. In every situation it is evil and painful. How can we solve the problem of intoler-
ance? How can we                                                                             Further, Allah says to the Believers, "Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and beware
assert our own beliefs and positions without being intolerant to others? How can we          (of evil): if you do turn back, know then that it is Our Messenger's duty to proclaim (the
bring tolerance into the world today?                                                        Message) in the clearest manner."(Al-Ma'idah: 92)

I would like to discuss some of these issues from an Islamic point of view.                 One can also cite Allah's words: "Say: 'Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger: but if you
                                                                                            turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and you for that placed on
What is tolerance? Literally the word "tolerance" means "to bear." As a concept it          you. If you obey him, you shall be on right guidance. The Messenger's duty is only to
means "respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of the world's cultures, preach the clear (Message)."(An-Nur:54)
forms of expression and ways of being human." In Arabic it is called "Tasamuh". There
are also other words that give similar meanings, such as "Hilm" (forbearance) or            All these verses give note that Muslims do not coerce people; they must present the
"'`Afu" (pardon, forgiveness) or "Safh" (overlooking, disregarding). In the Persian and message to them in the most cogent and clear way, invite them to the truth and do their
Urdu languages, we                                                                          best in presenting and conveying the message of God to humanity, but it is up to people
use the word "rawadari" which comes from "rawa" meaning "acceptable or bearable"            to accept or not to accept. Allah says, "And say, 'The truth is from your Lord, so whoso-
and "dashtan" meaning "to hold". Thus it means to hold something acceptable or bear- ever wants let him believe and whosoever wants let him deny." (An-Nahl: 29)
                                                                                            The question then comes: If Allah gave choice to believe or not to believe, then why did
Tolerance is a basic principle of Islam. It is a religious moral duty. It does not mean     He punish the people of Prophet Nuh, the `Ad, the Thamud, the people of Prophet Lut,
"concession, condescension or indulgence." It does not mean lack of principles, or lack the people of Prophet Shu`aib and Pharaoh and his followers? The answer is in the
of seriousness about one's principles.                                                      Qur'an itself. Those people were not punished simply because of their disbelief. They
                                                                                            were punished because they
Sometimes it is said, "people are tolerant of things that                                                                     had become oppressors. They committed aggression
they do not care about." But this is not the case in Islam.
Tolerance according to Islam does not mean that we be-             "There is no                                               against the righteous, and stopped others to come to the
                                                                                                                              way of Allah. There were many in the world who de-
lieve that all religions are the same. It does not mean that                                                                  nied Allah, but Allah did not punish every one. Ibn
we do not believe in the supremacy of Islam over other
faiths and ideologies. It does not mean that we do not
                                                                  compulsion in                                               Taymiyah, the outstanding Muslim scholar, said, "The
                                                                                                                              states may live long inspite of their people's unbelief

convey the message of Islam to                                                                                                (kufr), but they cannot live long when their people be-
others and do not wish them to become Muslims.                                                                                come
The UNESCO principles on tolerance say:                                            (Al-Baqarah: 256)
                                                                                                                              Another question is raised about Jihad. Some people
"Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean tol-     say, "Is it not the duty of Muslims to make Jihad?" But the purpose of Jihad is not to
eration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one's convictions. It        convert people to Islam. Allah says, "No compulsion in religion."(Al-Baqarah: 256).
means that one is free to adhere to one's own convictions and accepts that others adhere The real purpose of Jihad is to remove injustice and aggression. Muslims are allowed to
to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their ap-    keep good relations with non-Muslims. Allah says, "Allah does not forbid you that you
pearance, situation,                                                                        show kindness and deal justly with those who did not
speech, behavior and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also fight you in your religion and did not drive you out from your homes…"
means that one's views are not to be imposed on others."                                    (Al-Mumtahinah: 8)

*Tolerance comes from our recognition of:*1. the dignity of the human beings,                 Islam teaches that fighting is only against those who fight. Allah says, "Fight in the
 2. the basic equality of all human beings,3. universal human rights, and 4. fundamental      cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not
freedom of thought, conscience and belief.                                                                                      transgressors." (Al-Baqarah:190)

The Qur'an speaks about the basic dignity of all human
beings. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him,
                                                              Tolerance is a basic                                            Islam may tolerate anything, but it teaches zero toler-
                                                                                                                              ance for injustice, oppression, and violation of the
spoke about the equality of all human beings, regardless
of their race, color, language or ethnic background. Shari
                                                              principle of Islam. It                                          rights of other human beings. Allah says, "And why
                                                                                                                              should you not fight in the cause of Allah and of those
`ah recognizes the rights of all people to life, property,
family, honor and conscience.
                                                               is a religious moral                                           who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? Men,
                                                                                                                              women, and children, whose cry is: 'Our Lord! Rescue

Islam emphasizes the establishment of equality and jus-                 duty                                                  us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and
                                                                                                                              raise for us from Your side one who will protect; and
tice, both of these values cannot be established without                                                                      raise for us from
some degree of tolerance. Islam recognized from the very beginning the principle of           Your side one who will help!'"(An-Nisa': 75)
freedom of belief or freedom of religion. It said very clearly that it is not allowed to
have any coercion in the matters of faith and belief. The Qur'an says, "There is no         Islam teaches tolerance on all levels: individual, groups and states. It should be a politi-
compulsion in religion." (Al-Baqarah: 256)                                                  cal and legal requirement. Tolerance is the mechanism that upholds human rights, plu-
                                                                                            ralism (including cultural pluralism), and the rule of law. The Qur'an says very clearly:
If in the matters of religion, coercion is not permissible, then by implication one can say "To every People have We appointed rites and ceremonies which they must follow, let
that in other matters of cultures and other worldly practices it is also not acceptable. In them not then dispute with you on the matter, but do invite (them) to your Lord: for you
Surat Ash-Shura Allah says to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, "If then                                                                                 (Continued on page 13)
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 (Continued from page 12)
 are assuredly on the Right Way. If they do wrangle with you, say, 'God knows best what it
 is you are doing.' 'God will judge between you on the Day of Judgment concerning the matters in which you differ.'" (Al-Hajj: 76-69)

 *There are many levels of tolerance:*

An obvious symbol of Muslim tolerance where Christian, Jewish, and Muslim worship places are adjacent to each other in the Aqsa Mosque
                                                             in Palestine.

 A. Between family members, between husband and wife, between parents and children, between siblings etc.

 B. Tolerance between the members of the community: tolerance in views and
 opinions, tolerance between the Madhahib (Islamic Juristic Schools).

 C. Tolerance between Muslims and the people of other faiths (interfaith
 relations, dialogue and cooperation).

 Muslims have been generally very tolerant people. We must emphasize this virtue among us and in the world today. Tolerance is needed among our communities: We must foster
 tolerance through deliberate policies and efforts. Our centers should be multi-ethnic. We should teach our children respect of each other. We should not generalize about other
 races and
 cultures. We should have more exchange visits and meetings with each other.
 Even marriages should be encouraged among Muslims of different ethnic groups.

 With non-Muslims we should have dialogue and good relations, but we cannot accept things that are contrary to our religion. We should inform them what is acceptable to us and
 what is not. With more information, I am sure the respect will develop and more cooperation will develop.

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Elon poll: Obama, McCain lead in N.C                                                                                         .

Associated Press Writer

 RALEIGH (AP) — Barack Obama leads presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton among North Carolina residents likely to support a Democratic
candidate for president, according to a poll released Friday that reflects Obama's national campaign surge.
The Elon University poll shows that 45 percent of those surveyed this week support the Illinois senator, compared to 31 percent who support the
New York senator and former first lady. About 22 percent of those surveyed week were undecided.
The results come less than three months before North Carolina's May 6 presidential primary. If the Democratic race remain close, the state's primary
could play a significant role — for first time in 20 years — in choosing the Democratic nominee.
An Elon poll released in September showed Clinton with a 2-to-1 advantage over both Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who
pulled out of the race last month. But Obama has recently won 11 straight primary or caucus victories, which boosted his support in North Carolina,
poll director Hunter Bacot said.
"He's proven himself as a candidate throughout the country and he's riding a hot streak," Bacot said. "It's human nature to support a winner."
The poll also showed Arizona Sen. John McCain with a 62 percent to 24 percent advantage over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee among
those planning to support a Republican. In September, the likely GOP presidential nominee placed third in the same poll, behind former Tennessee
Sen. Fred Thompson and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
In similar surveys for the announced candidates for North Carolina governor, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue led State Treasurer Richard Moore, 40 per-
cent to 28 percent, with about a third undecided. The September poll had Perdue ahead by 7 points, 35 percent to 28 percent.
Among those likely to support a Republican gubernatorial candidates, 44 percent were undecided. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory received 28 per-
cent of the vote. State Sen. Fred Smith of Johnston County received 12 percent, Salisbury attorney Bill Graham had 10 percent and former Supreme
Court Justice Bob Orr got 6 percent.

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                          Growing list of companies reject host's rhetoric
WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/15/08) - The Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coali-
tion (HHA) today announced that Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart and one of the nation's
largest warehouse clubs, has joined a growing list of companies that have stopped advertis-
ing or refuse to place their ads on Michael Savage's "Savage Nation" radio program.
HHA, a group of religious and civic organizations seeking to challenge hate speech on talk
radio, was formed as a result of Savage's rhetorical attacks on religious and ethnic minori-
ties. Coalition members are calling on advertisers nationwide to stop airing commercials on
his nationally-syndicated program.
SEE: Hate Hurts America
Advertisers that have already stopped airing or refuse to air commercials on "Savage Na-
tion" include ITT Technical Institute, Chattem, Inc. (owners of Gold Bond, Icy Hot, and Sel-
sun Blue), Union Bank of California, Intuit (parent company of TurboTax and QuickBooks),
and GEICO Insurance, US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, Sears, Universal Orlando Resorts, Auto-
Zone, Citrix, TrustedID, JCPenney, OfficeMax, Wal-Mart, and AT&T.
Late last year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on radio listeners of
all faiths to contact Savage's advertisers to express their concerns about the host's anti-
Muslim bigotry. CAIR is a member of the Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith
SEE ALSO: National Radio Host Goes on Anti-Muslim Tirade (CAIR)
Savage has a long history of rhetorical attacks on a variety of minority groups. He says he
has lost at least $1 million in revenue because of the advertiser campaign.
For example, last month Savage said on air: "Bring them in by the millions. Bring in 10 mil-
lion more from Africa. Bring them in with AIDS. Show how multicultural you are. They can't
reason, but bring them in with a machete in their head. Go ahead. Bring them in with ma-
chetes in their mind."
SEE: Michael Savage (Media Matters)
The Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition includes public officials and civil rights advocates, as well as representatives of the Christian, Jewish,
Muslim, Latino, and Asian communities.
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