Acting Like Americans on Ramadan

Huff Post: by David Schanzer

Last summer, I was honored to be invited to an Iftar dinner — the meal to break the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — hosted by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The guests consisted of many high ranking government officials, including a large number of Muslim government employees. These Muslim officials seemed similar to other government employees I have met – highly professional, smart, personable, distracted by the constant buzz of their smart phones, and, for the most part, dead tired.

I recalled this dinner when I read about the malicious attacks launched by Rep. Michelle Bachmann and four other members of Congress on Obama Administration officials who are Muslim, claiming that they are advocating for the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood and a risk to our national security. Bachmann’s letters named Huma Abedin, long-time, trusted aid to Secretary of State Clinton, but they implied that many other officials were part of this broad “infiltration” of the American government.


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