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Diane Roberts: Donald Trump is no Muhammad Ali, and never will be

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The great Muhammad Ali is dead, but that won’t stop Donald Trump trying to make political hay out of him. Trump, who famously doesn’t like Muslims or black people (except Dr. Ben “Sleepy” Carson and that poor dude Trump called “my African-American”), allowed as how Muhammed Ali, a Muslim and a black man, was “a truly great champion and a wonderful guy.” Of course, Trump WOULD attach himself to the outpouring of tributes honoring the late champion. Like an orange…

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Muslim man sues car dealership, says he was duped

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A Muslim man is suing Select Motors in Tampa for allegedly duping him into purchasing a luxury vehicle for more than he initially bargained for. According to the lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court February 3, the cost discrepancy between the acquisition price Deeb Aliwaiwi brokered and what was assessed in loan documents amounted to more than $50,000. But here’s the kicker, Aliwaiwi signed a contract agreeing to the higher purchase price. The 31-year-old entered Select motors with two friends…

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St. Pete City Council’s invocation highlights commitment to diversity

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St. Pete is a city of diversity. At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is reaching a peak, St. Pete invited a Muslim Imam to deliver it’s invocation and no one seemed to think twice. Meanwhile, people in the Muslim community are subjected daily to hateful rhetoric coming from mostly the Christian Conservative right. They’re compared to terrorists. They’re assumed to be either ISIS or ISIS sympathizers. For years, they’ve felt singled out in airport security lines or had to listen…

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Muslim-American claims she was denied employment at Great Clips based on her faith

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A Wesley Chapel woman is suing the company Great Clips for discrimination after she claims she denied employment because she wore a hijab. According to a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County courts November 23, the manager of the Great Clips store located at 1063 earlier this year asked Maison Farhat if she needed “to wear ‘that thing’” on her head. Farhat describes herself as a licensed hair stylist with more than 20 years experience. She claims her initial interview and…

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Jeb Bush calls for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday called for the U.S. to send more troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. “This is the war of our time,” the former Florida governor said at the Citadel five days after Islamic State militants attacked Paris and killed 129 people. “Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We can’t withdraw from this threat, or negotiate with it. We have but…

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