State Assembly designates this August as Muslim Appreciation Month

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The California State Assembly passed a resolution Monday declaring August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.

The resolution — officially called HR 59 — marks the first time any state has set aside a month in recognition of the Islamic faith. The bill, which was introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D–Hayward, and which was passed unanimously, applies only to this August, but Quirk’s Chief of Staff Tomasa Dueñas said the assembly member hopes that the body renews the resolution in the future.

“It’s a really big gesture and symbol of support for the Muslim community,” said Nashwah Akhtar, a spokesperson for the Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

According to the text of the resolution, there are more than 240 mosques in California, as well as many prominent Muslim charitable institutions in the state. The resolution further states that while most American Muslims “strive to promote peace and understanding” and seek to uphold American values, they are nevertheless subjected to incidents of violence and vandalism.

Akhtar said the current election season specifically has been marked by negative rhetoric around Muslims, and she stressed the importance of recognizing Muslim contributions to American culture. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for a controversial temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. in light of recent acts of violence committed by militant organizations and individuals in the name of Islam.

“(Linking Islam to terrorism) is shortsighted on the part of Trump, and anyone else who would attempt to classify an entire group as terrorist,” said Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond. “It’s time for us to reaffirm our commitment that this is a country that recognizes religious freedom and religious diversity.”

Quirk highlighted several prominent Muslim Americans on the Assembly floor Monday in support of the resolution. These individuals included the late Capt. Humayun Khan, the soldier whose parents spoke at the Democratic National Convention, and Muhammad Ali, a former professional boxer and outspoken political advocate.

“We exist just as every other group exists,” said Kaylee Hunt, a Muslim and rising senior at UC Berkeley, in a Facebook message. “We’re students and doctors and business persons. We’re friends and relational partners and parents and siblings.”

Dueñas said Quirk received multiple “hateful comments” for his introduction of the resolution, some of which referring to him as a “traitor” and “unpatriotic.” Quirk said in a press release that the negative comments he has received have affirmed for him the need to address this issue, since they have shown him what it is like to be threatened.

“I have to deal with these threats for only a short period of time,” Quirk said at a reception. “(Muslims) have to endure much more, every day.”

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  • oWeThePeople

    You. Have. Got. To. Be. F-ing. Kidding. Me. We recognize them. They are the head-chopping, burn people alive son-of-a-bitches that al-Obama is inviting to invade our country. #islamisanevilcultnotareligion

  • christiansmiller

    It is inappropriate for our government to force us to celebrate someone’s religion.

  • JoAnne Roberts

    When is the “Christian Faith” month?? I missed that—

  • lspanker

    Of course if anyone DARED suggest “Christian Appreciation Month” the liberals would be HOWLING about “separation of church and state”…

  • Craig

    But ISLAM is DIRECTLY CONNECTED to TERRORISM. I refuse to play along. No matter how insistent the loons on the left are that we ALL just ‘act as if’ all is well. Shame on California. Oh yes… is this just THIS year? Or every August from now on?

    • zach99zulu

      Actually you’re very wrong and very stupid. Islam in the Middle East, Africa and MAYBE Europe, yes, but outside of those regions, no.

      • Craig

        You ignoramus.

  • RonHess

    And September is anthrax appreciation month.

    • JoAnne Roberts

      That’s funny! I like your sense of humor!

  • Curtis Jones

    Everybody prepare to be beheaded! Remember it is a religion of peace. Ignore the wars that lasted from 700 AD to 1492 AD and ISIS.

  • CalAlum99

    Where are the other faith/culture/ethnicity-of-the-month celebrations? We’ve got a crumbling infrastructure in this state, water issues, fire problems, and this is what our legislature is focused on as of late? Come November, vote ’em all out.

    • ShadrachSmith

      Ds like their new friend, Islam, more than their old friends. But the Ds old friend don’t seem sad about that?

  • Kurt VanderKoi

    Hey, what about Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, etc.

    Why not a religion appreciation month!

    I am beginning to believe that “California is on the leading edge of stupid”.

    • Only pislam deserves special treatment. World’s largest minority.

  • lspanker

    “(Linking Islam to terrorism) is shortsighted on the part of Trump”

    So it’s the Mennonites committing all those shootings and bombings, right?

    Once again, proof positive that liberalism IS indeed a mental disorder…

    • I has my money on the Amish but I was wrong.

  • ShadrachSmith

    Where Islam lives, there lives his ugly child, Jihad. Jihad murders kuffār as a path to their god because Mohammed did it too.

    I don’t appreciate Islam, much.

  • LOL! You can’t make this up! San Bernardino here we come.

    • ShadrachSmith

      ISIS attacks in July, ’16

      2016.07.31 Somalia Mogadishu 10 15 At least ten are killed when religious hardliners launch a suicide attack on a police building.
      2016.07.31 Iraq Kirkuk 5 2 ISIS members enter the control room for a pumping station and shoot five employees to death.
      2016.07.28 Afghanistan Pashtunkot 1 0 A 22-year-old woman is shot to death for ‘having relations’ with a man over the phone.
      2016.07.28 Iraq Mosul 14 0 Five women and a child are among fourteen civilians executed by firing squad for trying to flee the caliphate.
      2016.07.27 Syria Qamishli 67 185 Women and children are among over sixty innocents blown apart by two Fedayeen suicide bombers.
      2016.07.27 Pakistan Gothki 1 1 Two Hindu teens are set upon by a Muslim mob angered over an alleged Quran ‘desecration’ elsewhere.
      2016.07.27 Iraq Shula 3 15 Three people are killed when a suicide bomber on foot detonates in a Shiite neighborhood.
      2016.07.27 Iraq Youssifiyah 3 9 Three shoppers are blown to bits by a well-placed bomb at a mall.
      2016.07.27 Iraq Rashidiya 3 0 Militant Sunnis shoot three people to death.
      2016.07.27 Iraq Saydiya 2 5 Sectarian Jihadis place a bomb outside a row of shops that kills two bystanders.
      2016.07.27 Yemen Marib 8 15 Shiite militia place a bomb at a packed market that kills eight patrons.
      2016.07.27 Pakistan Lassan Nawab Sahib 1 0 A 15-year-old girl is strangled by her conservative uncle for having a boyfriend.
      2016.07.27 Syria Bukamal 4 0 Four people are beheaded for helping families escape the caliphate.
      2016.07.27 Iraq Baghdad 5 7 Shiites are suspected of sending mortars into a displaced persons camp, killing a woman and four children.
      2016.07.26 Iraq Abu Ghraib 1 4 A Shiite is laid out by a Sunni bomb blast near a hospital.
      2016.07.26 Iraq Shirqat 5 0 An ISIS bomb targeting fleeing families takes out a mother and her four daughters.
      2016.07.26 Pakistan Saddar 2 0 Two security personnel are machine-gunned in their vehicle by Tehreek-e-Taliban.
      2016.07.26 France Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray 1 1 Muslim radicals take hostages at a church and slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest.
      2016.07.26 Somalia Mogadishu 13 5 At least thirteen people are killed by two suicide bombers near an airport and UN building.
      2016.07.25 Iraq Baghdad 9 26 Bomb blasts in three different commercial areas produce nine Iraqi corpses.
      2016.07.25 Egypt al-Arish 1 0 A young police officer is assassinated by ISIS.
      2016.07.25 Syria Khaldiya 2 4 A woman and her young son are disassembled by al-Nusra shrapnel.
      2016.07.25 Iraq Rashad 3 0 A little girl is among three members of a family burned alive for trying to flee the caliphate.
      2016.07.25 Iraq Mosul 23 0 The Islamic State beheads two dozen young Iraqis.
      2016.07.25 Iraq Khalis 16 41 At least sixteen others are incinerated by a suicide car bomber, including women and children packed onto a minibus.
      2016.07.25 Nigeria Adayohor 10 3 Fulani gunmen murder ten villagers.
      2016.07.25 Thailand Yala 1 1 A 42-year-old man is ambushed and killed by suspected Muslim ‘separatists’.
      2016.07.25 Thailand Pattani 2 0 Two hunters are slain on their way home by Muslim terrorists.
      2016.07.24 Nigeria Mbagbe 1 2 A 45-year-old farmer is beheaded by Muslim terrorists.
      2016.07.24 Afghanistan Kot 1 0 An ‘apostate’ is shot in the head and thrown into a ravine.
      2016.07.24 Iraq Baghdad 21 35 An Islamic State suicide bomber detonates in a Shiite neighborhood, obliterating twenty-one souls including women and children.
      2016.07.24 Syria Damascus 8 16 Jaish al-Islam lob a mortar into a restaurant, taking out eight patrons.
      2016.07.24 Germany Ansbach 0 15 A Syrian ‘asylum seeker’ detonates a nail-packed suicide bomb at a wine bar outside a music festival.
      2016.07.24 Iraq Abu Ghraib 3 11 Mujahideen bomb a popular market, taking out three patrons.
      2016.07.23 CAR Ngakobo 3 3 Three villagers are cut down in their own homes by Muslim militia gunmen.
      2016.07.23 Iraq Baghdad 3 13 Two planted bombs kill three Iraqis.
      2016.07.23 Iraq Sharqat 11 9 A suicide bomber targets families fleeing the caliphate, killing eleven members.
      2016.07.23 Iraq Sharqat 2 10 Caliphate bombers obliterate two children.
      2016.07.23 Iraq Osaji 1 1 An ISIS IED takes out a 10-year-old girl.
      2016.07.23 India Furkian 1 2 A border guard is dropped by Islamic snipers.
      2016.07.23 Afghanistan Kabul 81 231 Three suicide bombers massacre more than eighty innocents at a mass Shiite demonstration.
      2016.07.22 Syria Aleppo 11 44 A child and two women are among seven civilians laid out by Sunni shrapnel.
      2016.07.22 Iraq Kirkuk 1 0 A suspected homosexual is flung from a rooftop in the caliphate.
      2016.07.22 Yemen Aden 1 0 A clergyman is shot to death by Religion of Peace rivals outside his mosque.
      2016.07.22 Syria Damascus 1 0 Caliphate members shoot a man in the back of the head for ‘insulting Allah’
      2016.07.21 Libya Sirte 1 0 A photojournalist is picked off by an ISIS sniper.
      2016.07.21 Iraq Mosul 2 0 Two ‘terrified’ men are beheaded by the caliphate.
      2016.07.21 Afghanistan Qalay-i-Zal 1 4 Taliban gunmen fire into a group of police, killing one.
      2016.07.21 Iraq Shaab 1 6 A Mujahideen bomb blast outside a row of shops leaves one dead.
      2016.07.20 Iraq Mosul 12 0 A dozen brave women hold a protest against the caliphate and are quickly gunned down.
      2016.07.20 Syria Handarat 1 0 A video shows the beheading of a boy at the hands of Sunni ‘rebels’.
      2016.07.20 Yemen Aden 4 6 Four security personnel are murdered by an ISIS bomber.
      2016.07.20 Iraq Ninawa 2 0 Two men are beheaded in front of children by the Islamic State.
      2016.07.19 Iraq Jadha 33 0 Thirty-three civilians are executed in cold blood by the Islamic State.
      2016.07.19 Saudi Arabia Jizan 3 0 Three Saudis lose their lives to a rocket fired by Shiite radicals.
      2016.07.19 France Garda-Colombe 0 4 A mother and her three young daughters are stabbed by a Muslim man during breakfast for not being sufficiently clothed.
      2016.07.19 Mali Nampala 17 35 An al-Qaeda linked group claims an assault on a local security camp that leaves seventeen others dead.
      2016.07.18 Nigeria Sha 2 0 A village leader and his driver are murdered by Fulani terrorists.
      2016.07.18 Pakistan Doag Dara 7 3 Seven members of a peace committee are pulverized by a Taliban IED.
      2016.07.18 Pakistan Chota Lahore 1 0 A secular politician is shot to death in his car by Sharia proponents.
      2016.07.18 Iraq Rathba 3 5 Three people are leveled by a suicide bomb blast.
      2016.07.18 Germany Wuerzburg 0 5 A ‘refugee’ with an axe hacks at people on a train while screaming ‘Allah Akbar’.
      2016.07.18 Pakistan Marghuzar 1 0 Suspected militants kill a rival prayer leader inside a mosque.
      2016.07.18 Kazakhstan Almaty 4 0 An extremist shouting praises to Allah murders a civilian and three policemen.
      2016.07.18 Yemen Mukalla 10 18 Ten people are blown to bits by a suicide car bomber.
      2016.07.18 Yemen Hajr 1 19 At least one other person is killed by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
      2016.07.18 Syria Aleppo 3 15 Sunnis send rockets into a residential neighborhood, taking out a child and two women.
      2016.07.17 India Kawari 1 0 A civilian is gunned down at close range by Islamic militants.
      2016.07.17 Bangladesh Ektarpur 0 3 Two elderly women are among three religious minorities hacked in the beds by machete-wielding extremists.
      2016.07.17 Egypt Tahna al-Gabal 1 1 One member is slain when a Coptic family is attacked by a Muslim mob armed with knives.
      2016.07.16 Syria Saikol 24 0 Dozens of Kurdish civilians, including women and children, are brutally stabbed to death by Islamic State members.
      2016.07.16 Iraq Taji 3 6 Mujahideen detonate a bomb outside a market that leaves three dead.
      2016.07.16 Kazakhstan Kyzylorda 1 0 Two Islamic radicals kill a woman.
      2016.07.16 Syria Aleppo 5 9 Two brothers are two women are among five civilians ripped to shreds by Sunni shrapnel.
      2016.07.16 Pakistan Multan 1 0 A model is strangled to death by her brother after offending religious conservatives.
      2016.07.16 Afghanistan Kabul 1 2 A bomb attached to a vehicle kills one and injures two.
      2016.07.16 Iraq Tal Abta 5 0 Five civilians are burned alive in cages by Islamic State members.
      2016.07.15 Nigeria Oke-Ogun 1 0 A Fulani man beats a shepherd to death and credits Allah.
      2016.07.15 Iraq Quayyarah 22 0 Twenty-two people are taken to a swamp and executed by the Islamic State.
      2016.07.15 Kenya al-Wak 4 0 Four Kenyans lose the lives to an al-Shabaab ambush.
      2016.07.15 India Kulgam 1 7 A terrorist lobs a grenade into a group of policemen, killing one.
      2016.07.14 France Nice 84 202 A Muslim migrant mows down eighty-four Bastille Day revelers (including ten children) with a truck while shouting praises to Allah.
      2016.07.14 Iraq Taji 3 4 Three Iraqis are blown to bits by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
      2016.07.14 Iraq Meshahda 1 5 One other person is killed by a suicide bomber.
      2016.07.14 Philippines Manilop 3 0 Three off-duty soldiers are ambushed and killed by Abu Sayyaf while buying food.
      2016.07.14 Pakistan Bashirabad 1 0 A traffic cop is gunned down by religious radicals.
      2016.07.14 Bangladesh Krishnarampu 1 0 An imam’s throat is slit at his home by Religion of Peace rivals.
      2016.07.13 Iraq Baqubah 2 0 Two people are killed in their own home by a suicide bomber.
      2016.07.13 Iraq Quayyarah 1 2 A well-placed ISIS bomb takes out a journalist.
      2016.07.13 Iraq Baghdad 4 16 Two separate Mujahid blasts leave four dead.
      2016.07.13 Iraq Rashidiya 7 11 Seven Iraqis are laid out by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
      2016.07.13 Syria Aleppo 1 0 A teenager is disassembled in his own home by a Sunni rocket.
      2016.07.12 Nigeria Kangarwa 2 7 A Boko Haram attack leaves two others dead.
      2016.07.12 Iraq Mahmoudiya 3 10 Three shoppers are sectionalized by a Religion of Peace bomb blast at an outdoor market.
      2016.07.12 Nigeria Akombo 5 0 A school principal is among five villagers murdered by Fulani terrorists.
      2016.07.12 Philippines Tipo-Tipo 1 5 One person is taken out by an Abu Sayyaf IED.
      2016.07.12 Pakistan Faisalabad 1 0 A Christian family man is murdered in a targeted attack by Muslim kidnappers.
      2016.07.12 Iraq Baghdad 12 37 A dozen people at a vegetable and fruit market are reduced to pulp by a Shahid suicide bomber.
      2016.07.11 Pakistan Orangi 1 1 A woman is shot dead by her conservative brother-in-law for ‘bringing dishonor’ to the family.
      2016.07.11 Somalia Lanto Buro 11 6 At least eleven others are killed by a Fedayeen suicide car bomber.
      2016.07.11 Somalia Mogadishu 1 6 An al-Shabaab bomb blast claims one life.
      2016.07.11 Pakistan Parachinar 1 0 A young tribal leader is tortured and murdered by suspected militants.
      2016.07.11 Iraq Qayara 9 0 Women and the elderly are among nine members of two families dragged from their homes and executed by ISIS.
      2016.07.11 India Keran 1 2 A border guard is murdered by Muslim terrorists.
      2016.07.11 Nigeria Paikoro 11 0 Eleven people in two villages are hacked to death by Fulani terrorists.
      2016.07.11 Iraq Nineveh 4 0 Four doctors are beheaded by the Islamic State.
      2016.07.10 Nigeria Benue 81 0 The death toll from two weeks of rolling Fulani attacks on peaceful farming communities rises to over 80.
      2016.07.10 Syria Aleppo 5 61 al-Nusra members sends a barrage of explosives into a residential neighborhood, laying out five civilians.
      2016.07.10 Afghanistan Kandahar 3 6 Three children are ripped apart by Taliban shrapnel.
      2016.07.10 Syria Raqqa 5 0 Five civilians are beheaded in front of their families by the Islamic State.
      2016.07.10 Iraq Fallujah 46 0 Forty-six Sunnis are burned alive by Hashd al-Shaabi, a Shiite militia.
      2016.07.10 India Kashmir 3 96 At least three security personnel are killed by a Muslim mob, angered over the death of a terrorist.
      2016.07.09 Mali Koro 2 0 Two guards at a checkpoint are machine-gunned point-blank by suspected Jihadis.
      2016.07.09 Pakistan Islamabad 1 1 The wife of a Shiite cleric is gunned down in a targeted attack.
      2016.07.09 Iraq Riyadh 3 0 Three Kurdish brothers are executed by the Islamic State.
      2016.07.09 Iraq Kirkuk 2 2 ISIS is suspected of a home invasion in which a moderate cleric and his family member are killed.
      2016.07.09 Nigeria Rann 7 0 Boko Haram invade a village, stealing food and gunning down seven residents.
      2016.07.09 Libya Sirte 7 3 A secret ISIS prison is unearthed with seven bodies and three surviving torture victims.
      2016.07.09 Bangladesh Kajura 0 1 A Catholic nurse is set on fire by suspected Religion of Peace operatives.
      2016.07.09 Nigeria Abuja 1 0 A female pastor is hacked to death by Muslim radicals who left her severed head on a Bible.
      2016.07.08 Syria Tel Abyad 10 11 Women and children are among ten taken out by an ISIS suicide bombing at a popular market.
      2016.07.08 Syria Aleppo 34 200 al-Nusra members send shells into a populated area, killing thirty-four civilians.
      2016.07.08 Nigeria Damboa 9 12 A suicide bomber strikes a rival mosque, killing at least nine.
      2016.07.07 Libya Benghazi 12 35 A dozen souls are sent to Allah by a Shahid suicide bomber.
      2016.07.07 Iraq Balad 56 70 Fifty-six pilgrims are blown up by a Sunni suicide bomb attack on a Shiite shrine.
      2016.07.07 Bangladesh Sholakia 4 12 A police officer is hacked to death and a woman is among four total killed by an Islamist attack during Eid prayers
      2016.07.06 Iraq Mosul 6 0 Six people are beheaded by a Sharia court.
      2016.07.06 Yemen Aden 25 8 al-Qaeda suicide bombers take out over two dozen local soldiers.
      2016.07.06 Afghanistan Sancharak 4 1 Four family members are wiped out by a Shahid suicide bomber.
      2016.07.06 Syria Aleppo 3 3 Three civilians are flattened by a Sunni mortar barrage.
      2016.07.06 Syria al-Zahraa 2 6 Two children are turned to paste by a Sunni rocket.
      2016.07.06 India Vijaywada 1 0 A teen is honor-killed by her conservative Muslim mother for having an affair with a Hindu boy.
      2016.07.05 Thailand Pattani 1 3 A bomb planted by Muslim militants in front of a police station leaves one dead.
      2016.07.05 Thailand Bannang Sata 1 0 Militant Muslims launch a grenade from an M79 in front of a mosque, killing a passerby.
      2016.07.05 Indonesia Surakarta 0 1 A suicide bomber detonates in front of a police station.
      2016.07.05 Syria Um al-Housh 40 0 Women and children are among forty civilians captured and ‘mercilessly’ executed by the Islamic State.
      2016.07.05 Somalia Galcad 2 0 Two staffers at a telecommunication company are beheaded by al-Shabaab.
      2016.07.05 Syria Hassakeh 30 40 A suicide bomber massacres thirty innocents outside a Shiite bakery.
      2016.07.05 Thailand Songkhla 1 2 Muslim ‘insurgents’ place a bomb that kills one other person.
      2016.07.05 Iraq Saidiya 3 12 Jihadis send mortars into a displaced persons camp, killing three.
      2016.07.05 Syria Raqqa 4 0 Four popular soccer players are forced to kneel and then shot in the head by caliphate members in front of children.
      2016.07.05 DRC Tenambo 9 0 Nine Christian villagers are murdered by ADF Islamists.
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