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State Reps. Kathy Lohmer and Cindy Pugh,shared the post created by Dave Sina, chairman of the Fourth Congressional District GOP, canada goose clearance sale this week,according to the Star Tribune. Sina has since taken it down, but not before the Star Tribune captured a screenshot.
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Sina, when reached for comment, said he may have been referring to a different video, but declined to identify it.
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His canadian goose jacket post has traveled widely across Facebook, including being shared by the Houston chapter of ACT for America,which has been identified as ananti Muslim hate groupby the Southern Poverty Law Center. The comments section offers a litany of Islamophobic responses.
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buy canada goose jacket cheap And Jennifer Carnahan, the chairwoman of the Minnesota GOP,has declared that Muslims are welcome to participate in the Republican caucuses. buy canada goose jacket cheap
Canada Goose Jackets The training session that looked so fearful to Sina was nothing new. An Isaiah spokeswoman noted that her organization did over 50 trainings last month in churches and mosques. JaNa Bates said buy canada goose jacket cheap that caucusing can be confusing and that her group tries to break the process down so that more people will feel empowered to participate. Canada Goose Jackets
Canada Goose online «We want to help all citizens engage with the political process. To make a democracy vibrant, people need to engage,» Asad Zaman,an imam and executive director of MAS Minnesota, told HuffPost. Canada Goose online
The organization said it has trained over 300 Muslim leaders to be part of the political process.
«And we intend to do more,» Zaman said. «There is a particular base of Islamophobes that are particularly agitated by the idea that Muslims might acquire political influence. It is obvious from their statements that many of them would canada goose coats prefer [Muslims] uk canada goose outlet not to have any level of political canada goose uk black friday engagement in the American political process.»
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