Here are three members of Congress we’d urge you to support today: Bruce Braley (D, IA-1) is a rising progressive star and we need to ensure his election to a third term in Congress. When asked about the opposition to the Islamic center in Lower Manhattan, he replied, “It bothers me when people make statements that are outrageous and inconsistent with our American values, but those are also issues that come up all over, and it’s part of our religious diversity.” Kathy Dahlkemper (D, PA-3) is an emerging pro-Israel, pro-peace leader who faces a challenging election. She stood strong in her commitment to religious freedom when she said, “I believe very strongly in the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, and I will not throw our Constitution or core values aside simply because it is an election year.” Keith Ellison (D, MN-6) is one of two Muslim Americans serving in Congress, and has been a strong voice explaining how this debate affects our national security. He said, “There’s also a more important principle at work here: And that is that the transnational terrorists who committed this outrageous act on 9/11, they are arguing that America is at war with Islam. The way to undermine and counteract that false narrative is to stand on our sacredly held beliefs of religious liberty. That’s how we demonstrate that, no, America is a country…for everyone where people worship as they see fit.”
The horizontal rainbow of scarves sits prettily on one shelf in her wardrobe. Some hang from a rod fixed to a door. On last count, Hasheera S. had 150 headscarves, except for a minor problem — she knew only one way to drape them.
“I’d like more variation in the way I wear the hijab, especially because the mummy wrap tends to get a bit boring at times,” says Hasheera, a 24-year-old aeronautical engineer residing in Sharjah.