A guest speaker joined the class of 8th grade History and Arabic teacher Mr. Gaylord. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser from the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) https://aifdemocracy.org/. took time out of his day to speak with students who prepared questions in advance.
Dr. Jasser is a leading speaker on Muslim-American relations and is attempting to prevent the Islamization of American culture. In other words, he works with Muslim-Americans to help them see their place as Americans and Muslims. As a result, he encounters numerous people who feel that Islam should come before the rule of law in this country and has worked tirelessly as an advocate for peace and fitting Islam into an American culture which respects the laws of this country.
The students were able to spend 30 minutes chatting with Dr. Jasser today. They developed a list of their own questions and asked them of the speaker. Amy Zheng was our moderator and greeted Dr. Jasser while Autumn Trumble and Jaylee Sanchez were our room decorators. Brooklyn, Inari-Jade, Autumn, Jaylee, and Aczel asked Dr. Jasser their questions which are below. The students gave good feedback about their experience and we were lucky enough to have Dr. O'Connor and Ms. Cooley observe a portion of the conversation.
Some of the questions asked today included:
Q1. Despite the terrorism, questionable content, and public declaration of Allah commanding terrorists, why do you feel like you should continue to try and change the way these certain Muslims see their religion even if it might never happen and will most likely continue to get you death threats?
Q2. What about Islam do you love the most?
Q3. What was your first death threat like? Do you take them seriously and has anything ever happened?
Q4. What are your thoughts on 09/11?
Q5. What’s the hardest part about your job/mission?