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Ever since becoming one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress—an honor she shares with fellow Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan—Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota found herself a favorite target of President Donald Trump, his supporters, Evangelical Christians and other assorted bigots and conspiracy theorists.

But just what is it about Omar that they love to hate?

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Republican Representative Stephanie Borowicz of the Pennsylvania state legislature addressed her colleagues from the podium shortly before the swearing in of Democratic Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell. Borowicz was to deliver the invocation.

Johnson-Harrell is Muslim and was to become the first Muslim woman in the Pennsylvania House once sworn in.

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[DIGEST: Slate, Gawker]

Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American Army captain slain in Iraq in 2004, delivered perhaps the most damning indictment of Donald Trump’s immigration proposals at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last night. “Our son Humayun had dreams … of being a military lawyer, but he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers,” Khan said. “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America.’ If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”

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SECOND NEXUS PERSPECTIVES

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Islamophobia and vigilantism have resulted in Sikhs around the world being attacked, harassed and abused. Not unlike the weeks following 9/11, attackers motivated by hate, fear and ignorance are targeting people who appear to conform to stereotypes of Muslim extremists. A turban-style head covering, beard, brown skin, and a South Asian accent are, apparently, sufficient reasons to suspect a stranger of terrorist ties. These horrifying attacks on innocent people demonstrate that, while it may not be considered “polite,” open Islamophobia is still common.

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