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New campaign aims to counter US anti-Islam sentiment

A coalition of US Muslims launched a Web-based campaign today aimed at countering what they called a rising tide of anti-Islamic sentiment and to show themselves as Americans who love their country.



Washington: A coalition of US Muslims
launched a Web-based campaign today aimed at countering what
they called a rising tide of anti-Islamic sentiment and to
show themselves as Americans who love their country.

The group launched a website and online video featuring
brief clips from American Muslims, including young children,
with comments such as "I`m an American," and "I don`t want to
take over this country."
The "My Faith, My Voice," campaign is in response to the
controversy over plans to build an Islamic center near the
site of the World Trade Center in New York destroyed in the
September 11, 2001 attacks.

The group said it takes no position on the Ground Zero
mosque itself, but wants to counter the anti-Muslim atmosphere
stemming from the polemic.

"We are concerned about this rising tide of anti-Muslim
sentiment," said Hassan Ahmad, a Washington lawyer who is one
of the coordinators of the campaign.

Ahmad added that "there is no way that this coalition
could take a position on (the New York mosque) because we are
just a diverse coalition of ordinary Muslims."

He added: "There is no organisation behind this, there is
no mosque that can take ownership of this. This is just the
voice of American Muslims, plain and simple."

David Hawa, producer of the one-minute video, said it
offers a message that is "fresh and unique."
"We often hear from certain circles that Muslims are
trying to take over America of impose our faith on you," Hawa
said. "We are trying to showcase that this not what we are
trying to do."

The group`s Web page www.myfaithmyvoice.com,
allows Muslims to upload their own video clips and comments
and "speak directly to the American public about what is in
their hearts and on their minds."

PTI

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