Muslim Group Challenges Trump to a Debate, Says Community Will No Longer Be Bullied

Feb 20, 2016, 18:48 ET from Muslim Public Affairs Council

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a national public policy organization for American Muslims, today challenged leading GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump to a debate on his vision of America and his warped understanding of its faith and community.

The challenge comes in response to his latest anti-Muslim remarks at a rally yesterday in South Carolina, where he repeated the online myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines.

In a letter to the Donald Trump Campaign, MPAC said in part:

"Ever since you announced your run for Presidency of the United States, you have scapegoated the American Muslim community and other minority groups for all your perceived ills of America.

The truth is that you – and your supporters -- are scared of anything that is different than you. 

You rely on the promotion of fear and Internet lies to fuel the flames of hate and divisiveness across our country.

You have no understanding of the world in which you live. That's why you insist on backward policies, such as building walls and segregating communities based on religion, as a desperate attempt to create a false sense of strength and security, and to preserve your distorted view of what makes America great.

Well, we have news for you:  We will no longer be bullied. We will no longer be your punching bag.

We challenge you to a debate with a representative from the American Muslim community on the issues you have raised about Islam and Muslims.

We are confident that you, a person of great rhetorical ability, will appreciate this opportunity to showcase to America your strength and knowledge in such matters."

Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to improving public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media and communities.


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