Tennessee is home to an estimated 63,000 Muslims, the majority of whom are eligible voters. Many of them moved to the state in the 1990s. They are a diverse group, and include Kurds, Somalis, Pakistanis, Bengalis, Afghans, Turks and African Americans; some are also converts to Islam.
Late last year, I helped found the American Center for Outreach (ACO) in order to ensure that political leaders hear Muslim voices and, more broadly, to challenge misconceptions about Muslim communities in Tennessee.
ACO is a Tennessee-based, non-partisan organisation that was established to inform, educate and empower Muslims to become engaged in society by providing the assistance and guidance the community needs. Our goal at ACO is to show that the average Tennessean can take part in the democratic process regardless of religion, race, gender or economic status. To do this, ACO aims to better connect the Muslim community and Tennessee government, while also supporting individuals in becoming catalysts for positive change in their own communities.
We also hope to change the Muslim community’s perception of the political system. Many believe that the system is inaccessible and their voice does not count. Our work has focused on educating them on the civic process and how they can get involved at each level. Understanding how the process works, individuals are more comfortable and empowered to speak for themselves on issues they care about. Organisations like ACO bring a proactive voice to public discourse, while at the same time peacefully defending our community in times of need.
My work at ACO has grown out of past experiences with community activism. When I was policy coordinator at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, together with other groups we were able to change a bill that would have banned sharia — which, after our efforts, was later re-written to contain no references to Islam.
ACO is a partner with CAIR. They claim to be non-partisan but Islam is a political-religious ideology and ACO is partisan to sharia and all that goes with it. They have fully infiltrated Tennessee government as well. Read more of their faux victimization bullshit at Huffpo if you want.
And this: Muslim Brotherhood Progeny in TN
In Tennessee, the public voice advancing the ideology and the plan of the Muslim Brotherhood is the AMAC and its lobbying organization the American Center for Outreach (ACO).
Governor Haslam and Commissioner Gibbons, by their actions, have given these groups the exclusive voice in Tennessee on the politics of Islam.
Do go to that link and read all of it.