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A warning of phone threats made to a Georgia mosque

1:12 pm Jul. 18, 2017

One of the more disheartening press releases to drop into the inbox today:

The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today called on mosques in that state and around the country to alert law enforcement authorities if they receive threatening phone calls from a right-wing extremist who has repeatedly threatened to attack a Georgia mosque.

In the weeks since June 22, an unidentified male using a Missouri phone number has

Republican rival says Jon Ossoff would be Jared Kushner’s puppet because, you know….

4:04 pm Apr. 12, 2017

Every now and then, I thank the late Elie Wiesel for teaching us the hard lesson that oppression and discrimination don’t necessarily bestow virtue, or wisdom, on their victims.

This is one of those times. This week, Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan, a Republican and the only Muslim in the Sixth District congressional race, posted the following on his campaign Facebook page (we’ve made minor corrections in spelling):

Dear Friends:

Some of you said

Steve King, John Lewis, and the American gene pool

9:00 am Mar. 18, 2017

A review of the fundamentals is always worthwhile. For that reason alone, we are all indebted to U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

Last week, the Republican congressman registered his approval of Geert Wilders, the “Dutch Donald Trump,” and his campaign to be prime minister of the Netherlands on an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant platform.

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,”

When foreigners ask if it’s safe to visit the United States

9:00 am Mar. 11, 2017

If the Friendship Force were a woman, she would be the empress dowager of Atlanta’s ambitions to become an international city.

The foreign exchange network made its debut 40 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, during a White House ceremony presided over by two of Washington’s newest residents, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter.

The concept was novel. Rather than stay in hotels, troupes of regular Americans without rank or