Originally Published in the Star Tribune
The inflammatory comments made by Big Stone County Republican Party chairman Jack Whitley, and the subsequent developments, made me, as an American Muslim, appreciate how fortunate I am to reside in this country (“FB posts cost GOP boss day job,” Nov. 25).
From the action taken by business owners Bob and Sue Kulbeik to stand up against bigotry, to the statement issued by the Minnesota Republican Party condemning Whitley’s anti-Muslim writings, I am thankful to the Ortonville community in particular and fair-minded Minnesotans in general for sending a strong message against hatred. In perfect accordance with the teachings of Islam, I strive to live by the slogan “love for all, hatred for none.”
In this holiday season, I hope this message resonates within our communities.