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Arizona Senate Candidate Receives Hate for Being Muslim

Arizona Senate Candidate Receives Hate for Being Muslim

Deedra Abboud is a Muslim American seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in Arizona against Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz).

While no Democrat has won a seat for the U.S. Senate in Arizona since 1988, it wasn’t her party affiliation, rather her religion, that made the headlines.

Abboud posted a tribute to the Founding Fathers about religious freedom on her Facebook page when she was met with many xenophobic insults and comments.

Her post read, “Almost 250 years ago a group of dreamers came together and sketched out a revolutionary vision. No longer would they be shackled to the whims of a distant government, nor bound to the religion of an idiosyncratic king. They set out to forge their own futures, determine their own destinies, and follow their own faith. In their infinite wisdom, the Founding Fathers decreed that this nation would separate church and state, and in doing so protect both institutions. Government would be free from religious overreach, and religion would be free from government interference. Learn more at www.Deedra2018.com.”

While no Democrat has won a seat for the U.S. Senate in Arizona since 1988, it wasn’t her party affiliation, rather her religion, that made the headlines.

One individual responded, “Sorry no room for Muslims in our government. Nice try though you are quoting the Muslim brotherhood.”

“All you fu***** ragheads need to cut your own heads off, get the hell back to your sandpit,” commented another user.

Despite the hundreds of hateful comments, many supported Abboud and her candidacy, including her opponent, Sen. Flake.

He supported her on Twitter by stating, “Hang in there @deedra2018. Sorry you have to put up with this. Lots of wonderful people across AZ. You’ll find them.”

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Abboud, a native of Little Rock, Ark., has been a resident of Arizona for 19 years. As an attorney and civil rights activist, she helped open the first office for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Arizona.

Her platform is in line with many Democratic causes including raising the federal minimum wage, improving the Affordable Care Act to ensure healthcare for all Americans and supporting LGBTQ rights.

As an attorney and civil rights activist, she helped open the first office for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Arizona.

Candidates are usually spoken about in regards to their platforms, and Abboud has an established one.

But Abboud recently told CNN’s Don Lemon regarding the hateful comments she received and the alt-right activists who appeared at her campaign events, that, “I came in this with full ice. I knew that this was exactly what I was going to pull out of the woodwork, and I want to pull it out of the woodwork. Because we need to have a conversation about whether or not those people (hateful commentators) represent America. I don’t think they do and I believe the majority of Americans don’t either.

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      • MuslimSlayer is probably actually a pleasant, decent person. Please understand that 99% of hostility to Islam is simply being cruel to be kind.

        Non-muslims are in no way envious of Muslims. We simply think that Islam is detrimental to humankind and any perceivably cruel comments are merely an attempt to provide a deterrent, which even moderate Muslims will admit it required at the moment.

    • Oh…rest assured…I know where “Islam” is…It’s the Middle East…you know, where all the brown, dirty, smelly SAND NIGGERS live who pray to the PEDOPHILE prophet Mohammed who FUCKED 9yr children. Yes…I am quite aware of where Islam is…

      • Only 20% of the world’s Muslims live in the middle East. Also I am curious to know where you think Jesus was born and what colour his skin was….. You’re quite angry. I suggest therapy.

        • I suggest you “BLOW YOURSELF UP” – Do the world a favor!!! LOL! 😉

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