Muslim Senate Candidate In Arizona Fends Off Flood Of Hate

"We have to step forward because this is America."

By Eric Shorey

Deedra Abboud, an independent turned Democrat, is opposing Senator Jeff Flake in an upcoming election in Arizona. Abboud is now fending of torrents of hatred after posting innocuously on Facebook, according to AZ Central.

“Almost 250 years ago a group of dreamers came together and sketched out a revolutionary vision. No longer would they be shackled to the whims of a distant government, nor bound to the religion of an idiosyncratic king. They set out to forge their own futures, determine their own destinies, and follow their own faith. In their infinite wisdom, the Founding Fathers decreed that this nation would separate church and state, and in doing so protect both institutions. Government would be free from religious overreach, and religion would be free from government interference," wrote Abboud on social media, garnering a plethora of nasty, Islamophobic comments.

“Nice try but your first love is Satan (AKA Allah) and your second love is to a litter box your ‘people’ come from. You are as American as Chinese checkers," read one comment.

“Vote to send them back to the sand pit, were (sic) these scumbag people belong," read another.

 “BAN ISLAM IN THE USA…WE HATE YOUR FILTHY DEATH CULT," read yet another.

“We make sure to have police escorts at our events because, yes, we have received a lot of hate,” Jaclyn Freedman, a spokesperson for Abboud, said in an email to AZ Central. “We had an event at the Pomegranate Cafe that the alt-right showed up at.”

Abboud's chances of winning are not high, considering a Democrat has not taken Arizona since 1988. But she's found at least one defender among the detractors: her opponent, Senator Flake.

And here's Abboud's reply:

"We have to step forward because this is America. This is the United States of America -- there is a promise here," said Abboud to CNN. "There is a promise that every person has equal opportunity."

[Photo: Twitter @deedra2018]

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