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Georgia State Lawmakers introduced a historic milestone at the State Capitol, recognizing the 100 Influential Georgia American Muslims on March 11th, 2015.
The 100 Influential Georgia Muslims is an initiative of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB). The initiative aims to recognize and honor leaders making a difference in the lives of Georgians day in and day out, provide role models for our communities, and provide many narratives to the Muslim American experience.
A special ceremony was kicked off with an official photograph and brief interaction with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Secretary of State Brian Kemp gave special remarks at the event about diversity, which featured the contributions of American Muslims in the State of Georgia.
Court of Appeals Judge Carla McMillian, gave the keynote at the event. “As a diverse group, we have a strong sense of responsibility to each other, and a legacy of strength in family, community and helping one another”, said Judge McMillian. “I stand in front of you today because I am an example of a positive outcome of people who fought hard to ensure all Americans and women had equal opportunity in this country.”
State Representative Pedro Marin presented an official House Resolution 575, recognizing and honoring the contributions of American Muslims to the State of Georgia. “On behalf of the Georgia General Assembly, I would like to congratulate you on a historic milestone in Georgia. This year for the first time, Georgia lawmakers and Georgians join with influential Georgia American Muslims throughout our state to celebrate the legacy of influential Georgia American Muslims – highlights the past and present contributions to Georgia and United States of America,” said State Representative Pedro Marin.
“Recognition of the achievements and contributions of the American Muslim community is a tribute to those who have paved the way for their success. In addition, the Georgia American Muslims honorees serve as role models for many segments of our society,” said Soumaya Khalifa, Chief Organizer of the event and Executive Director of Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.
You can read the resolution here. , that reads in part:
WHEREAS, many contributions have been made by influential Georgia American Muslims who have furthered the development of this state and nation; for over a century, the American Muslim community has made significant accomplishments in the State of Georgia4and the United States; and
WHEREAS, the 100 Influential Georgia American Muslims is an initiative of the Islamic6
Speakers Bureau of Atlanta; they are men and women “Continuing the Legacy; Changing the7Narrative” with their work, vision, compassion, dedication, and commitments to their communities; they are continuing the legacy of their forefathers who contributed to the advancement of human civilization while at the same time providing many narratives to today’s conversation about Islam and Muslims; …
So who are these oh-so-influential Muslims that are contributing so mightily to the state of Georgia? Are their “contributions” any different than other Georgians? Do any of them support sharia law? And what legacy did their forefathers contribute to the advancement of human civilization?
We don’t know because not a single name was made available for this event. But you can find out if you drop $60 to buy their book.
We searched around a little and the reality is that the few folks profiled are thriving not because they are Muslim but because they are in America where they have the freedom to choose, to think and to participate in society and apply their skills as they choose. Many probably would be considered apostates in Islamic countries.
Would Georgia’s governor, secretary of state and attorney general approve of a group that promotes a so-called prophet who beheaded 800 people in one day? Who married a six-year old? Who killed the brother and father of one of his wives he captured in battle? Because that’s the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta promotes just that on Twitter.
Muhammad is the most revered and influential Muslim in history. Is this the type of diversity public officials want Americans to respect?
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