#WVBus: Cancelled Dearborn Arab Festival Awaits More Tolerant Times; A Chat With State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud; Arab-Americans and Social Services

Hundreds of citizens, including many religious leaders and elected officials link arms in front of the Islamic Center of America in 2011 after a vigil sponsored by the mosque and the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. The meeting was in response to Florida based Pastor Terry Jones who has said he intends to protest in front of Islamic Center of America Friday. The protest, according to the permit request, is against Sharia and jihad. If it happens had planned, it would have been in front of the largest mosque in North America in a city that claims one of the most densely populated Muslim enclaves in the United States.
Hundreds of citizens, including many religious leaders and elected officials link arms in front of the Islamic Center of America in 2011 after a vigil sponsored by the mosque and the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. The meeting was in response to Florida based Pastor Terry Jones who has said he intends to protest in front of Islamic Center of America Friday. The protest, according to the permit request, is against Sharia and jihad. If it happens had planned, it would have been in front of the largest mosque in North America in a city that claims one of the most densely populated Muslim enclaves in the United States. Millard Berry / Millard Berry
Hundreds of citizens, including many religious leaders and elected officials link arms in front of the Islamic Center of America in 2011 after a vigil sponsored by the mosque and the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. The meeting was in response to Florida based Pastor Terry Jones who has said he intends to protest in front of Islamic Center of America Friday. The protest, according to the permit request, is against Sharia and jihad. If it happens had planned, it would have been in front of the largest mosque in North America in a city that claims one of the most densely populated Muslim enclaves in the United States.
Hundreds of citizens, including many religious leaders and elected officials link arms in front of the Islamic Center of America in 2011 after a vigil sponsored by the mosque and the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. The meeting was in response to Florida based Pastor Terry Jones who has said he intends to protest in front of Islamic Center of America Friday. The protest, according to the permit request, is against Sharia and jihad. If it happens had planned, it would have been in front of the largest mosque in North America in a city that claims one of the most densely populated Muslim enclaves in the United States. Millard Berry / Millard Berry

#WVBus: Cancelled Dearborn Arab Festival Awaits More Tolerant Times; A Chat With State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud; Arab-Americans and Social Services

On today’s show:

  • The Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, is the largest mosque in the nation. Unfortunately, hate groups from across the country have used that visibility to turn the mosque into a site of Islamophobic protests.
  • We learn more about Arab-American communities and the need for social services to understand Arab and immigrant cultural sensitivities.
  • We chat with Dearborn’s State Representative, Abdullah Hammoud, who started representing his community in the Michigan State House at 25.