Muslim Democrats Trying to Build on Obama Momentum

By William Wan One interesting outgrowth of the presidential campaigns last year was the effort among Muslim Americans to rally … Continued

By William Wan

One interesting outgrowth of the presidential campaigns last year was the effort among Muslim Americans to rally voters for Obama and, in the process, create a Democratic bloc among U.S. Muslims. Out of this came the website/group MuslimDemocrats.net.

Now the group is trying to capitalize on the election momentum to create and mobilize a network of Muslim Democrats across the country. One initial step is a training session for the group’s leaders, in Chicago July 18. The goal is to teach Muslim Americans: 1) How to organize people for any cause; 2) How to participate in political campaign; 3) How to run for office.

In a phone interview, Malik Mujahid, one of the group’s founders, talked about how the group and its website grew out of the 2008 election and where it’s now headed.

The group’s initial focus was to provide outreach in five key swing states during the election. In the process, the group says it developed a database of 300,000 Muslim American voters and recruited 800 volunteers.

“There was a need for this. Muslim Democratic support was somewhat soft,” said, Mujahid, a former member of the credentials committee of the Democratic National Committee. “Muslim’s had mixed feelings during the election–definitely not enthusiastic for the Republicans after the Bush era, but not entirely for Democratic either.” One problem they faced early on was the effort from the Obama campaign to distance him from the Muslim community.

Mujahid said the group’s efforts now include lobbying Obama to reverse Bush era policies and attend to issues close to Muslims, such as security hassles at airports, the continuing war in Afghanistan and the spread of hostilities into Pakistan.

In the interest of fairness, I tried to find a similar group organizing on the Republican side, but haven’t had much success. An almost mirror website exists called MuslimRepublicans.net, but no contact info available and items on the site seem to date back a year ago or more. Let me know if there are similar groups or efforts among Muslims on the Republican side.

About

Comments are closed.

Read More Articles

shutterstock_134310734
Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

The author of the Church of England’s autism guidelines shares advice any church can follow.

Valle Header Art
My Life Depended on the Very Act of Writing

How I was saved by writing about God and cancer.

shutterstock_188545496
Sociologist: Religion Can Predict Sexual Behavior

“Religion and sex are tracking each other like never before,” says sociologist Mark Regnerus.

5783999789_9d06e5d7df_b
The Internet Is Not Killing Religion. So What Is?

Why is religion in decline in the modern world? And what can save it?

river dusk
Cleaner, Lighter, Closer

What’s a fella got to do to be baptized?

shutterstock_37148347
What Is a Saint?

How the diversity of saintly lives reveals multiple paths toward God.

987_00
An Ayatollah’s Gift to Baha’is, Iran’s Largest Religious Minority

An ayatollah offers a beautiful symbolic gesture against a backdrop of violent persecution.

Screenshot 2014-04-23 11.40.54
Atheists Bad, Christians Good: A Review of “God’s Not Dead”

A smug Christian movie about smug atheists leads to an inevitable happy ending.

shutterstock_188022491
Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

Pile_of_trash_2
Pope Francis: Stop the Culture of Waste

What is the human cost of our tendency to throw away?

chapel door
“Sometimes You Find Something Quiet and Holy”: A New York Story

In a hidden, underground sanctuary, we were all together for a few minutes in this sweet and holy mystery.

shutterstock_178468880
Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

sunset-hair
From Passover to Easter: Why I’m Grateful to be Jewish, Christian, and Alive

Passover with friends. Easter with family. It’s almost enough to make you believe in God.

colbert
Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

emptytomb
God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

shutterstock_186795503
The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

egg.jpg
Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.