Marriage amendment campaigns court Minnesota Muslims

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2012 - 9:30 PM

Both sides of the debate seek to tap into a group that's growing more politically active.

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minn12Sep. 8, 12 9:10 PM

The strib and this writer in particular continue to vastly overstate the number of Muslims in Minnesota. The vast majority of such immigrants in Minnesota are Somali, and according to the US Census from 2010, there are 32,000 in Minnesota. This number is confirmed by the state demographer. Considering a margin of error, the number could range from 29,000 to 36,000. If you want to throw in the rest from other countries, even doubling that number would only be 64,000, which again, is wildly overstated. Please use only official US Census data. There are NOT '150,000' Muslims in Minnesota, and there are NOT an 'estimated 50,000 Muslim voters' either.

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danderson60Sep. 8, 1210:56 PM

I see supporters are looking for all the "low information one issue" voters they can find.

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erikj3Sep. 9, 12 2:40 AM

Politics really does make for strange bedfellows.

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dakmarknetSep. 9, 12 4:20 AM

All muslims in the state should be aware that you most likely were granted rights to be citizens. These rights were affirmed by our constitution. Without these rights you would not have been given citizenship. If the people who support this amendment had the ability to deny you rights to citizenship, they certainly would. Before you check yes on that ballot, be warned that doing so denies rights to other MN citizens, plain and simple. Why would you support the same people who would use their power to deny you citizenship.

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chickfilaSep. 9, 12 6:19 AM

It's interesting when groups which typically view themselves as democrats are against the causes they push. We've seen how African and Mexican Americans rejected gay marriage in liberal California for example. Maybe these people aren't as democrat as they think.

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minneg56Sep. 9, 12 7:00 AM

erikj3- I agree. The irony ... a 'vote yes' coalition between ... radical Muslims, ultra conservative Catholics orchestrated by ... radical right wing politcal conservatives who have blamed anything which has gone wrong in the world over the past 11 years on Muslims (not at all warranted) ... with a gay marriage issue being the glue binding them together?Who'da thunk it? A world gone mad!

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miskitoSep. 9, 12 7:03 AM

Let's get this straight.. Equal rights opponents are also courting Muslims to defeat gay citizens rights. Is this the same group that is crying that Sharia law must be legislated against? Hypocrisy!!!Hypocrisy. This is the same "less government" party that is hell bent on unnecessary intervention between a patient and her doctor? Why would anybody board their bus with a blind driver, trying to find their way forward with his vision deprived eyes looking in their rear view mirror. (And not asking for directions)

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tikiowlSep. 9, 12 7:19 AM

Excellent post dakmarknet.

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roman55Sep. 9, 12 8:04 AM

"I think a lot of them are really sensitive to ... what becomes of the way we can raise our children when marriage is defined contrary to something our faith holds so dear." - This is an ugly excuse for targeting Gay citizens for discrimination and forcing religious beliefs on Americans. How have they managed to raise their children with serial marriage, divorce, unwed parents and the host of disasters that religious groups hold Gay folks responsible for? This IS about bigotry vs civil rights.

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kd5757Sep. 9, 12 9:00 AM

I guess we'll see if American Muslims are as intolerant as Christian Evangelicals when it comes to supporting discriminatory amendments concerning civil (nonreligious) marriage. It would be a sad state of affairs if the only common ground they find is by ganging up against other Minnesotans.

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